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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [CForms] Streaming out widget attributes?
Date Wed, 02 Aug 2006 08:18:56 GMT
Carsten Ziegeler wrote:
> Sylvain Wallez wrote
>>> Yes, now I see two solutions for this: we could just stream out the
>>> attributes of
>>> the definition (which are strings) or if we need all attributes, stream
>>> out attributes which can be streamed.
>>> I would go for the first solution, anything against this?
>> Sounds hacky to me...
> Really? Why? You define something in the model which you want to access
> easily somewhere.

Yeah, but the point is about the "somewhere". Each element in a Cocoon 
pipeline is supposed to address a particular concern.

Now over time, reasons emerge for everything to be useful everywhere, 
and we end up with a giant mix, where having different stages in a 
pipeline no more really make sense, and where each stage produces as 
much information as possible for the next one, for the occasional case 
where it may be useful, thus impacting the general performance just to 
handle these edge cases.

>> Dumb question: why do you need these attributes in the XSL?
>> Attributes were meant to allow additional information to be communicated 
>> between the application logic and the various event handlers and 
>> validators attached to widgets, whereas the XSLs are supposed to use the 
>> styling information for their job.
> Yes, but what if you need anything else apart from styling? For example
> "required" is
> passed from the model to the xsls.
> I want to pass on information like dependencies between fields, for
> example if field A has value 1, then field B is optional and if field A
> has value 2 field B is required. I need a generic mechanism here which
> just passes this information from the model to the xsls where I can
> generate some client javascript.

Well, that looks like business logic to me, and can be handled by 
on-change events with Ajax.


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