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CompositePack (1.1b1)

by Ihor Berehulyak last modified 2008-05-28
Released on 2006-10-05 by BubbleNet, Godefroid Chapelle, Joris Slob for Plone 2.1, Plone 2.5 under GPL - GNU General Public License available for All platforms.
Software development stage: beta
Composite Pack is a Plone product that allows a user to build composite pages by manually aggregating Archetype-based content from his site. It features a WYWIWYG user interface that provides drag-n-drop positioning of content on the page.

CompositePack is a product that allows the Plone Manager to build composite pages by manually aggregating archetype content from his site.

Composition of content is made through a pseudo WYSIWYG user interface : the design view. A composite page has a layout which defines its structure. Composite elements are displayed through viewlets.

Both layouts and viewlets are acquired from the skin, which implies they are customizable.

Layouts and viewlets are registered through the composite_tool in ZMI (see below how to register them).

Products required

CompositePage 0.2 -

Design view

The design view supports Firefox, Mozilla and IE6. The design view allows the user to manipulate the composite elements : add, move, delete or change their properties.

The design view allows you to add pieces of content to the slots defined in the layout. In a slot, each location where a composite element can be added displays a menu labeled 'add item'. When you click it, you get options:  'Content', 'Title' and 'HTML'. You choose 'Content' to select existing content from your Plone site. You choose 'Title' or 'HTML' to add decorating content specific to the instance (see details below).

When choosing 'Content', you get a popup window wherein you can select the piece of content that you want to add to this slot. This window is a kupu drawer. It only shows instance of "composable" portal types (see below for setting up composables). You browse your site until you have found the piece of content you want to display. When you click the 'ok' button, the composite element is added to the composite page. It is displayed through its default viewlet. Another viewlet can be selected later (see below).

Once added, the composite element can be moved by drag and drop from one slot to another : drag and drop the icon associated with the composite element to one of the 'add item' bars.

Each composite element has its own 'edit item' menu. It has the following options : 'Edit', 'Delete' and 'Select viewlet'.

'Edit' sends you to the edit screen of the content pointed at by the element.

'Delete' removes the composite element (not the associated content).

'Select viewlet' lists the available viewlets registered for the content type of the composite element. Choose one of them to get your content displayed

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