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From "Blake Sullivan (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (TRINIDAD-1496) Need to expose the raw content value instead of just getImageURI
Date Mon, 04 Apr 2011 22:01:05 GMT


Blake Sullivan commented on TRINIDAD-1496:

I guess a getRawURI function is fine.  Its javadoc should probably point back to

I think that at the same time, we want to make the following documentation changes to clarify
what is going on:
1) In

Add to the relative URL documentation that the URL will be relative to the document that the
content is generated into--the rendered document for icons and the generated CSS file for
everything else.

2) Change the getImageURI documentation to state that the returned URI is suitable for rendering
directly into rendered content, for example HTML.  The current documentation is extremely
vague about what kind of URI is returned and we want to make clear the difference between
this URI and the getRawURI

> Need to expose the raw content value instead of
just getImageURI
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: TRINIDAD-1496
>                 URL:
>             Project: MyFaces Trinidad
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Components
>    Affects Versions:  1.2.11-core
>            Reporter: Matt Cooper
>            Priority: Minor
> In skinning, you can define image icons in 4 different ways:
> 1.) Absolute URLs specify the complete URL to the resource, including the protocol (e.g.
http://). Example:
> content: url(;
> 2.) Relative URLs are used if the specified URL does not start with a slash ("/") and
if there's no protocol present. A relative URL is based on the skin's CSS file location. For
instance, if the CSS is located in MyWebApp/skins/mySkin/ and the specified url is skinImages/myImage.gif,
then the final URL will be /MyWebApp/skins/mySkin/skinImages/myImage.gif. Example:
> content: url(skin_images/ObjectIconError.gif);
> 3.) Context relative URLs are resolved relatively to the context root of the web application.
To use them, you simply have to make it start with a single slash ("/"). For instance, if
the context root is /MyWebApp and the specified URL is /images/myImage.jpeg, the resulting
URL will be /MyWebApp/images/myImage.jpeg. Example:
> content: url(/skins/mySkin/skin_images/ObjectIconError.gif);
> 4.) Server relative URLs are resolved relatively to the web server as opposed to the
context root. This allow to easily refer to resources located on another application on the
same server. To use this type of URL, the specified URL must starts with two slashes ("//").
> content: url(//MyOtherWebApp/images/myCalendar.gif);
> The class currently provides a getImageURI() method.
 This method returns a value that has the context path built-in.  If a component exposes an
icon attribute (there are a handful in Apache MyFaces Trinidad and also in another framework
that has components built upon Trinidad), that icon String supports these same alternative
mechanisms for referring to the icon image.  Let's say you have a component that you want
to keep abstract but might want it to reuse existing components (e.g. a rich text editor with
a toolbar containing buttons that you want to reuse an existing toolbar button component so
you can have consistency in button styling).  For that publicly-exposed component, you will
want to allow people to customize in skinning what the icons are for its toolbar.  These icons
must be defined in that publicly-exposed component but then converted into a String that can
be passed into the toolbar button component.  With the current Icon.getImageURI(), if a user
skinned the icon image using some of the 4 above paths, either the icon would have 2 context
paths added to it (one from the skin framework and one from the toolbar button resource encoding)
or it would have a context path when it should not be including the local context path (image
definition option #4).  For the public component's renderer to support all 4 of these image
definition options, the needs to expose some mechanism
to either let it have access to the raw content value so that raw value can be passed along
to the button or at least some kind of mechanism to let the public component's renderer know
that it is not safe to let the button add its own copy of the context path (e.g. add another
leading "/" to the result).

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