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CMS user interface for Plone

Project description installs a new content management user interface for Plone. For the moment, it is an experiment only, but hopefully one that will point the way towards Plone’s future.

The main premise of is to put all the content management user interface elements into a separate package, with its own, isolated styles and JavaScript files, injected into the page and displayed overlaying the content page. The idea is that no matter how you theme your site, and what you install, you should not be able to break the editing and administration UI.


You can use the following buildout to test against Plone 4.1rc3 - update versions as applicable:

parts = instance
extends =

recipe = plone.recipe.zope2instance
user = admin:admin
eggs =
# XXX: Temporary fix for a ZCML loading issue that will be fixed in the next release
zcml = zope.browserresource

Make sure you install the “CMS User Interface” profile when creating your Plone site.

Using with Diazo

If you are using Diazo and, you can enable the CMS UI in your site by including the following rule:

<before css:theme-children="body" css:content="#plone-cmsui-trigger" />

Theme and resource bundles

All CMS UI resources are loaded in a theme (in the portal_skins sense) called ‘cmsui’. Using the concept of resource bundles (in Products.ResourceRegistries 2.1a1), resources are segregated between this theme and the theme (probably ‘Sunburst Theme’) used for the public site.

Participation and conventions

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The following rules and conventions apply:

  • No functionality should live in this package, only views and associated user interface logic.

  • Dependencies on other packages should be minimised: With the exception of edit forms and the control panel, the goal is to move all the editing views into this package, so that they can be maintained consistently.

  • There is a bbb subpackage that contains overrides and integration code required for this package to install on a clean Plone 4.1 site. In time, this package should be entirely removed and the changes propagated to the relevant parts of Plone, if and when this package is merged via the PLIP process.


1.0a1 - 2011-06-28

  • First release, following Bristol UI Sprint

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