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From "Ben Pope" <>
Subject RE: CForms Binding - Cross Referenced Data (duplicate of post on users)
Date Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:53:56 GMT
Sylvain Wallez wrote:

> Ben Pope wrote:
> ><project>
> >   <people>
> >      <person id="0">
> >         <name>Me</name>
> >      </person>
> >      <person id="1">
> >         <name>You</name>
> >      </person>
> >      <person id="2">
> >         <name>Him</name>
> >      </person>
> >   </people>
> >   <rooms>
> >      <room id="0">
> >         <name>Lounge</name>
> >         <person idref="0"/>
> >         <person idref="1"/>
> >      </room>
> >      <room id="1">
> >         <name>Kitchen</name>
> >         <person idref="2"/>
> >      </room>
> >   </rooms>
> ></project>
> >
> >That describes a list of people which are in a particular 
> room, so Me 
> >and You are in the Lounge and Him is in the Kitchen.
> >
> >I want to have a form that displays, for a given room, a list of the 
> >people in it.

<SNIP />

> Hmm... I hope I'm not the only one to do fancy CForms stuff :-/
> Your room repeater links to existing people through their ID 
> but should 
> display their name. This is typically a selection-list with IDs as 
> labels and names as values.

Ahh yes.  That makes sense for name.  My first reaction is how do I easily
add fields such as age, favourite colour etc, and have those bind as well.

If I run a repeater over /rooms/person I want bindings that are equivalent

<fb:value id="name" path="/project/people/person[@id=current()/idref]/name"

<fb:value id="age" path="/project/people/person[@id=current()/idref]/age" />

Which would only be valid in an xslt, of course.

As mentioned before, I started work on an "xref-repeater" which would
understand my requirements - it's syntax was something like:

<fb:xref-repeater id="people"
    target-row-path="person" />

It would then likely need a source-identity and target-identity, or some
other way of specifying the id=idref relationship.

Unfortunately I didn't get very far with it as I don't really understand the
o.a.c.forms.binding package, despite stepping through it in eclipse.

> About the ability to add new names at any level, this looks like a 
> combo-box (editable dropdown). We've hacked such a thing for 
> one of our 
> projects, and basically the idea is to have a single widget 
> be rendered 
> as two inputs.
> Say you have
> <fd:field id="personref">
>   <fd:selection-list src="cocoon:/person-selection-list"/>
> </fd:field>

That's identical (except names) to something I have to display a
selectionlist of person/names now. 

> The editable combobox renders this as :
> - a dropdown list of name "personref" with the contents of the 
> selection-list
> - an input of name "personref.label".
> When the user chooses in the dropdown, the selected value is 
> copied to personref.label.

OK, I'm with you.

> When the user types in the personref.label input, a new 
> option is added 
> to the dropdown, having "new" as a value, and the typed text as label.


> On form submit, the flowscript checks if "personref" equals 
> "new" and if 
> true creates a new person with the name in the 
> "personref.label" request 
> parameter and replaces the "new" value with the newly created id.
> Binding can then go on as usual.
> This is a bit hacky, but it works :-)

That's excellent, Sylvain.  I'll give it a go later.

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