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From Jeremy Quinn <>
Subject Re: Rationalising CForms Flowscript Params
Date Fri, 01 Apr 2005 17:56:52 GMT

On 1 Apr 2005, at 18:28, Sylvain Wallez wrote:

> Vadim Gritsenko wrote:
>> Jeremy Quinn wrote:
>>> On 1 Apr 2005, at 15:33, Sylvain Wallez wrote:
>> <snip/>
>>>> I personally never used this "handleForm" function and consider it 
>>>> as some old legacy.
>>> Hmmm, I disagree.
>>> I never like to embed names of files or pipelines in flowscript 
>>> functions.
>>> I always pass these in from the sitemap.
>>> This way, the sitemap is the place where all paths, filenames, uris 
>>> are managed, or the location that consistently retrieves these from 
>>> a config, via input-modules.
>>> I do not like to spread this around as it makes refactoring more 
>>> difficult.
> In that case you can still pass <map:parameter name="blah" 
> value="forms/{1}.xml> and use cocoon.parameters.blah in the 
> flowscript.

Of course.

I was primarily reacting to your suggestion to encode filenames in 
flowscript :-)
As I said to Vadim, if the consensus is to remove handleForm, I do not 
really mind.

> But I admit that from a lines of code POV, this becomes more verbose 
> than the current situation.

Then if handleForm is to be retained, it should maybe contain 
error-checking to make sure that the sitemap has indeed supplied these 
parameters properly, thereby hopefully reducing verbosity in the 
handler function itself. Part of what triggered this rant, was that a 
colleague complained at unhelpful error messages when they left out one 
of the parameters.

>> Then I suggest you come up with consistent parameters naming and 
>> change this function yourself :-), I'm not against keeping it.
> +1 :-)
> And since we're at changing this, it would be good to attach this 
> function to the Form Javascript class to prevent any name clashes.
>  <map:call function="Form.handleForm">
>    <map:parameter whatever but consistent/>
>  </map:call>

Good idea.

regards Jeremy


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