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From "Nathaniel Alfred" <Alfred.Nathan...@swx.com>
Subject RE: Woody textareas?
Date Mon, 30 Jun 2003 19:59:21 GMT
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon Price [mailto:simon.price@bristol.ac.uk]
> Sent: Montag, 30. Juni 2003 20:04
...
> Cocoon's form handling is (imho) it's weakest area at present 
> although 
> it is rapidly improving with the interplay between flow and xmlform.
...
> Simon
> 
> Luke Penca wrote:
> > Are textareas implemented in Woody yet?  I cannot find 
> anything in the (oh so sparse) documentation.
> > 
> > Furthermore, has anyone used Woody extensively yet?  (I 
> know, I know, it's alpha at this point but I need some 
> serious forms handling.)  Should I be considering Xforms 
> instead?  Who got some experience getting their hands 
> bloodied with forms in Cocoon?  I'm ever anxious to find out.
...
> > Luke.....

I've just started prototyping with Woody and I think it is a
diamond in the raw.  Finally a form handling package that does
not require you to write a bean class or Cocoon action for
every little form!

Coming to the original question:  There is no special textarea widget
but you can emulate it easily by a field widget with styling:

                    <wt:widget id="question">
                      <xhtml:textarea rows="5" cols="30"
wrap="physical"/>
                    </wt:widget>

which is then transformed into HTML as:

    <xsl:template match="wi:field[wi:styling/xhtml:textarea]">
      <xhtml:textarea name="{@id}">
        <xsl:apply-templates select="wi:styling/xhtml:textarea/@*"/>
        <xsl:choose>
          <xsl:when test="wi:value != ''">
            <xsl:value-of select="wi:value"/>
          </xsl:when>
          <xsl:otherwise>
            <xsl:value-of select="'&#160;'"/>
          </xsl:otherwise>
        </xsl:choose>
      </xhtml:textarea>
    </xsl:template>

HTH, ALfred.

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