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type of zope vocabularies that dont "forget", like elephants

Project description


Like elephants don’t forget anything, so does’t collective.elephantvocabulary. It provides a wrapper around for existing zope.schema vocabularies and make them not forget anything.

Example usecase would be a vocabulary (source) of users which from certain point in time wants to hide / deactivate some users for form or listing. But at the same time you want keep old references to user term working. This is when collective.elephantvocabulary comes into the picture. With it you wrap existing vocabulary of users and provide set of hidden list of users (term values).


Some example content and vocabularies

>>> context = layer.context
>>> example_vocab = layer.example_vocab
>>> example_source = layer.example_source
>>> [i.value for i in example_vocab]
[1, 2, 3, 4]

Bellow is out wraper method we use to make our existing vocab more elephant-like.

>>> from collective.elephantvocabulary import wrap_vocabulary

In first exampe we pass to our wrap_vocabulary a vocabulary of [1, 2, 3, 4] and we set terms 2 and 3 to hidden. wrap_vocabulary returns VocabularyFactory which needs to be called with context (you could also register it with as utility).

>>> wrapped_vocab_factory = wrap_vocabulary(example_vocab, [2, 3])
>>> print wrapped_vocab_factory
<collective.elephantvocabulary.vocabulary.VocabularyFactory object at ...>
>>> wrapped_vocab = wrapped_vocab_factory(context)
>>> [i.value for i in wrapped_vocab]
[1, 4]
>>> len(wrapped_vocab) == len(example_vocab)
>>> 2 in wrapped_vocab
>>> 5 in wrapped_vocab
>>> wrapped_vocab.getTerm(3).value

Above we see what collective.elephantvocabulary is all about. When listing vocabulary hidden terms are not listed. But when item is requested with its term value then term is also returned. Also length of vocabulary is unchanged. It still shows original lenght of vocabulary.

We can also call vocabulary by name it was register with ZCA machinery..

>>> wrapped_vocab2 = wrap_vocabulary('example-vocab', [2, 3])(context)
>>> [i.value for i in wrapped_vocab2]
[1, 4]

hidden_terms parameter (second argument we pass to wrap_vocabulary) can also be callable which expects 2 parameters, context and original vocabulary.

>>> def hidden_terms(context, vocab):
...     return [1, 4]
>>> wrapped_vocab3 = wrap_vocabulary(example_vocab, hidden_terms)(context)
>>> [i.value for i in wrapped_vocab3]
[2, 3]

collective.elephantvocabulary also works with sources.

>>> [i.value for i in example_source]
[1, 2, 3, 4]
>>> [i.value for i in]
[1, 2]
>>> wrapped_source = wrap_vocabulary(example_source, [1, 4])(context)
>>> [i.value for i in]

If vocabulary already provides set of hidden terms they are passed to wrapped vocabulary.

>>> example_vocab.hidden_terms = [1, 2]
>>> wrapped_vocab4 = wrap_vocabulary(example_vocab)(context)
>>> [i.value for i in wrapped_vocab4]
[3, 4]


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  • provide list of enabled valued (other way around then hidden_terms is working)
  • provide test for custom wrapper class


0.1.1 (2010-10-08)

  • add dependencies from where we import (using mr.igor) [garbas]
  • add link to zope.schema which was breaking formating for rst formatting [garbas]
  • initial release was broken (missing README.rst) [garbas]

0.1 (2010-10-08)

  • initial release [garbas]

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