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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: Make continuation id available to all XSLTs
Date Wed, 24 Dec 2003 17:17:44 GMT
Hunsberger, Peter wrote:

>We've finally got around to playing with 2.1 and we're in the process of
>converting some of our application to use flow (yeah!).  We've got a
>huge locally developed forms infrastructure that I've talked about here
>in the past.  Basically, it's not going to migrate to any other forms
>infrastructure (aka cForms) anytime soon.  However flow migration would
>be good, even necessary for us but I've run into two things that seem to
>be holding us back in using it. I'll post the 2nd issue separately.
>In order to generically adapt any pipeline to use flow you need a
>continuation id for any form action (POST) you might create.  Strangely,
>it seems this is not readily available from the TraxTransformer?  We
>ended up wrapping the TraxTransformer with our own and extending a
>couple of methods, the code being stolen from the JPathTransformer
>    private WebContinuation m_kont;
>    public void setup(SourceResolver resolver, Map objectModel, String
>src, Parameters parameters)
>        throws ProcessingException, SAXException, IOException
>    {
>        super.setup(resolver, objectModel, src, parameters);
>        m_kont = FlowHelper.getWebContinuation( objectModel );
>    }
>    protected Map getLogicSheetParameters() {
>        Map params = super.getLogicSheetParameters();
>        if ( m_kont != null )
>        {
>            String id = m_kont.getContinuation(0).getId();
>            if ( id != null )
>                params.put( "cocoon-continuation-id", id );
>        }
>        return params;
>    }  
>It seems however, that the availability of the continuation id should be
>part of the base TraxTransformer since it would be generally useful?

I wouldn't go that way, as it breaks the cacheability of the 
TraxTransformer. Currently, the cache validity is composed of every 
<map:parameter> and every request parameter if "use-request-parameters" 
is true.

If you publish the continuation id to the stylesheet, you have to 
include it in the validity also, or you may experience problems due to 
the pipeline getting the content of the cache.

On the other hand, I don't think that stylesheets generally need the 
continuation id, and that always including it would make many pipelines 
non-cacheable when they actually are.

As a conclusion, I think it's better to pass the continuation id as a 
<map:parameter> where needed...


Sylvain Wallez                                  Anyware Technologies 
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