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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: newbie - how to include javascript
Date Tue, 16 Aug 2005 14:52:07 GMT
Damiano Venturin wrote:
> Hi all,
> this is my first post. I read in the ml archive something about
> including file in forrest 0.7 but I'm really confused

Welcome, lets see if we can clear the confusion...

> in few words I don't know how to solve this problem because I don't know
> much about xslt and xml. I'm just at first steps.

Learning about XSLT and XML is critical to being able to do stuff with 
Forrest. We are, after all, an XML publishing framework. But if you want 
to learn on the job then...

> I have this files:
> spippolo:/var/www/devel/apache-forrest-0.7/2v_docs/accounting/src/documentation/content/xdocs/includes#
ls -1
> cm_addins.js
> coolmenus4.js
> dhtmlcentral.js
> header.xml
> the *.js files are a common menu
> I would like to have that menu at the top of any page built by forrest.
> I have built my custom theme starting from forrest-site theme.
> Please may you help me?

You need to create a new skin. I'm not sure if that is what you mean by 
"theme" or not. forrest-site is not a skin it is a sample site that you 
can edit in order to create your own site.

What you want to do is change the way the site is rendered by adding 
your own menu code. This requires that your site has a custom skin.

I'd suggest doing something simple first, you can come to the JS stuff 
later. See 
for some starter documentation for creating your own skin. I'd suggest 
starting off by making your skin display "MY Navigation Goes here" or 
something like that so that you know you have it working. Then come back 
here for help with the next steps if you need it.

You may also like to know that the sknning system is going to change in 
0.8, we have a new and powerful system that will enable this kind of 
enhancment to be done much more easily. However, this is alpha code and 
would require you to dive in and work with SVN head. If you want to work 
with this new system instead then join us on the dev list. Otherwise 
we'll help you here on the user list.


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