Extending OpenCms: Developing a Custom Widget
Jan 16, 2009, 06:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Referring to the highlighted code in BlogEntry content
type schema file we can see that the category field is populated
from a drop-down list provided by SelectorWidget. The
SelectorWidget obtains its values from the static configuration
string defined within the blog schema file. This design is
problematic as we would like category values to be easily changed
or added. Ideally, the list of category values should be able to be
updated by site content editors. Fortunately, we can create our own
custom widget to handle this requirement.
"An OpenCms widget is a Java class that implements the
I_CmsWidget interface, located in the org.opencms.widgets package.
The interface contains a number of methods that must be
implemented. First there are some methods dealing with
instantiation and configuration of the widget:
"newInstance: This returns a new instance of the widget.
setConfiguration: This method is called after the widget has been
initialized to configure it. The configuration information is
passed as a string value coming from the declaration of the widget
within the schema file of the content type using it.
getConfiguration: This is called to retrieve the configuration
information for the widget."