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From "Hugo Burm" <>
Subject RE: Selectors for Woody FormManager and BindingManager
Date Sun, 21 Dec 2003 11:22:11 GMT
> From: news []On Behalf Of Sylvain Wallez
> Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2003 11:29 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Selectors for Woody FormManager and BindingManager
> Hugo Burm wrote:
> >Hello,
> >
> >This is about selecting a Form- and BindingManager in Woody.
> >I want to use my own CustomFormManager instead of
> "org.apache.cocoon.woody.DefaultFormManager".
> >And I want to use my own CustomBindingManager.
> >
> >So I need the Avalon selector mechanism in the Woody framework
> for selecting a formmanager and a bindingmanager.
> >
> >In case somebody asks why I need this: I implemented a
> template/subform framework. I 'll post about this later.
> >
> >
> Well, all what's below is "just" plumbing, and you deprive us from the
> actual meat. Please, please explain ;-)

Use case:
I have 10 screens. Each screen has one form with about 10 questions on each
screen. That makes 100 questions.
There  are about five types of questions. Most of them are combined. E.g.
answer "yes" or "no", and if "yes", then specify the answer in a text field.
So I need 5 templates or subforms that I can mix and re-use.

So this is what I "hacked into existence":

1) I modified Woody to use a selector for selecting the Form- and
BindingManager  (this is a standard Avalon approach).
2) I wrote my own CustomFormManager, CustomBindingManager, and
CustomWoodyGenerator. The three of them do all about the same thing: they
parse a definition file and use cached Woody configuration files as a
E.g. the CustomFormManager parses a model file and susbstitutes all template
placeholders with the stored templates and adjusts id's etc. So the model
file specifies what templates to use, and in what order.

This an example of the model file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<model id="modellist-1" file="forms/model-list.xml">
		<instance id="0"/>
		<instance id="1"/>
		<instance id="0"/>

This is the list (model-list.xml) with templates that are cached:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
	<item name="forms/test_model.xml"/>
	<item name="forms/test2_model.xml"/>

And the templates are just a standard Woody form definition
(test_model.xml). Everything within the <wd:widgets> is used for the

Thus the CustomFormManager builds the <wd:> Form definition model from the
files above, The CustomBindingmanager builds the <wb:> binding model. The
generator generates SAX events and inserts the cached <wt:> templates.


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