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From Ben Munat <>
Subject request-param [was: basic form tutorial]
Date Sat, 16 Aug 2003 18:23:35 GMT
Still trying to get my simple post variables exercise to work. Came 
across the Request Generator page in the docs. Do I need to put a 
<map:generate type="request"/> in the pipeline for this page to get it 
to find the post vars? There's gotta be some config thing missing.

Here's the form html for the first input:

<form method="post" action="songs" class="searchbox">
	<input size="25" name="artist" type="text">

Here's the pipeline for the page:

	<map:match pattern="songs">
		<map:generate type="file" src="content/songlist.xml"/>
		<map:transform type="xslt" src="style/songlist.xsl">
			<map:paramter name="artist"
			<map:paramter name="title"
			<map:paramter name="style"
		<map:serialize type="html"/>

Here's the xconf line:

	logger="core.modules.input" name="request-param"/>

At the beginning of songlist.xsl, I have this:

<xsl:param name="artist"/> etc.

Then, in the root template I have a basic html framework and within the 
body tags I have:

<p>Artist: <xsl:value-of select="$artist"/></p>

This all seems very straightforward and simple. But when I type 
something in the artist form input box and hit submit, the page reloads 
and there's still nothing after "Artist:".

What am I missing?


Ben Munat wrote:
> Thanks guys. This sounds really easy. Unfortunately, I haven't been able 
> to get it to work yet.
> I checked my cocoon.xconf file and the RequestParameterModule is just as 
> the wiki page says it should be. I edited the map:transform element of 
> the page's pipeline to include the parameters (<map:parameter 
> name="artist" value="{request-param:artist}"/>). And I declared the 
> parameters as top-level params and then tried to get their values (with 
> <xsl:value-of select="$title"/> etc.). But when I put something into a 
> form field and submit it, I get nuttin... the page reloads, but the 
> variables are still empty.
> Might there be another configuration thing I'm missing? Or maybe I'm 
> just not doing something really obvious... that's my specialty. Well, at 
> least all the variable names are all lower case, and I checked 
> thoroughly for typos! ;o)
> Other ideas appreciated.
> Ben
> Geoff Howard wrote:
>> Conal Tuohy wrote:
>>> Ben, you can pass the form values to your XSLT something like this:
>>> <map:transform src="song-list-to-html.xsl">
>>>     <map:parameter         name="artist"         
>>> value="{request-param:artist}"/>
>>>     <map:parameter         name="title"         
>>> value="{request-param:title}"/>
>>>     <map:parameter         name="style"         
>>> value="{request-param:style}"/>
>>> </map:transform>
>>> Check out the RequestParameterModule:
>> And to use them in your stylesheet you need to define those three 
>> values as top-level xsl:param elements:
>> <xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" 
>> xmlns:xsl="";>
>>     <xsl:param name="artist"/>
>>     <xsl:param name="title"/>
>>     <xsl:param name="style"/>
>> ....
>> This is the same way you'd access external params sent to a 
>> transformation in standard xslt from the command line.
>> For this simple case, don't get bogged down in the frameworks you 
>> mentioned.  When you start getting into more complex needs, they'll be 
>> appropriate but they're not _necessary_ and will cloud the simplicity 
>> of Cocoon while you're just getting started.
>> Geoff
>>>> Hello. I'm very new to Cocoon and certainly no xml/programming/web 
>>>> wizard. I have an html page created by an xlst and served by cocoon. 
>>>> The source xml file is a list of songs; the xslt converts the 
>>>> songlist into a table and puts it on a page below a basic 
>>>> header/navbar and a box with some form inputs ("artist" and "title" 
>>>> text boxes and a "style" dropdown) for searching. Now the trick is 
>>>> to get cocoon to reload the page -- after I've entered something in 
>>>> these widgets and clicked submit -- and only display the entries 
>>>> from the songlist that match this criteria.
>>>> I've poked around the wiki and the docs and searched the mailing 
>>>> list and, well, I'm more confused than ever. Often the material is 
>>>> over my head, and oriented-towards doing something fancier than I 
>>>> need; form validation, database interaction and the like.
>>>> All I want to do is get the values of three post variables and fill 
>>>> the table of song data accordingly. Do I turn my xml file into an 
>>>> xsp and put java code in to interpret the post vars? Do I use some 
>>>> other component for this (an action... or this woody thing I keep 
>>>> hearing about)? Is there a tutorial out there that I've missed that 
>>>> has very basic instructions on using form vars?
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Ben

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