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From Jonas Ekstedt <>
Subject Re: [RT] Attribute Rendering and CForms Convertors
Date Fri, 05 Nov 2004 14:01:05 GMT
On Fri, 2004-11-05 at 14:02 +0100, Daniel Fagerstrom wrote:
> > If I would be able to choose convertors I might decide IN VIEW ITSELF 
> > that that specific model value should be coloured/pretty 
> > printed/rendered according to some specific logic. As long as this 
> > logic has read-only access to model and performs steps to produce some 
> > rendering I do not find it SoC break.
> Seem like an excelent idea to me. I think it could be analog to the use 
> of the class attribute in HTML to give hints to CSS about styling.
> We could have something like:
>   ${month/balance?class=financialValue}
> then the finacialValue rule for convertion is used if there is one 
> otherwise the default rule is used. There is no doubt room for 
> improvement of the syntax ;)
> A functional syntax as Sylvain prpoposed would also be possible:
>   ${convert(month/balance, 'financialValue')}
> but I percieve the convertor as something that not is part of the 
> expression language (EL). The convertor is applied to the object that is 
> returned from the EL engine, and the default convertor should always be 
> applied on the object, so one shoudn't need to write
>   ${convert(month/balance)}
> to get the default conversion.

Couldn't the above example be done better with tags instead? For

<mytag:date value="${todaysDate}"/>

This tag could then render as:

<mytag:date locale="se" value="2004-11-05"/>

or a financial value could use the tag:

<mytag:financial-value value="${month/balance}"/>

that is rendered as:

<mytag:financial-value value="-10" currency="SEK" positive="false"/>

This way you avoid complicating the expression language. As I see it the
only time you're going to do value conversion in your template is when
outputting values, as opposed to testing values. And if you're merely
outputting values you can just as easily do conversion with tags
specifying how to convert your values.

// Jonas

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