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From Glen Mazza <>
Subject Re: What is the legal way to add new images into the custom theme and articles?
Date Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:46:05 GMT
On 01/12/2014 04:34 PM, user wrote:
> Thank you Glenn for your quick and descriptive answer. As I have 
> understand from your answer the legal way of referencing to "Media 
> Files" content from articles and from custom themes is to use link 
> (URL) shown on "Media File Editor" window, isn't it?


> If so, I have got two questions:
> 1) The link is looks like "cb06345c-1202-4c46-bbbe-a95c9f1fb004" and 
> this is almost unreadable by user. So if I have several images 
> included in the editable article I can become confused during editing 
> by what each link actually means. Is there any way to address images 
> by the value of "Name" field which is present in "Media File Editor" 
> or any other user-friendly view?

I agree with you on that point, the cryptic URLs can cause confusion 
when working with them, I assume their main purpose is to guard against 
multiple files being given the same name.  I blog with the old Roller 
3.1 that gave user-friendly URLs for links (it didn't have the advanced 
media file functionality, just simple file uploads though).  I don't 
know of a way to fix that, perhaps other team members would.

> 2) What is the actual dedication of "$url.resource" method which is 
> described in the template guide as "String URL of uploaded file 
> resource in weblog"?

I'm not sure -- can you paste it in a blog header (modify your template) 
and see what it resolves to?  (That, or check the Roller source 
code--sorry, I haven't done much with media files, hopefully someone 
else can help you here.)


>> Пн. 13 янв. 2014 00:29:25 пользователь Glen Mazza 
>> ( написал:
>> Greetings, the theme management files (including images) are kept 
>> separately from Media files.    (Our Media File implementation is 
>> actually much newer than the themes.)   Normally, you would just 
>> place the new images in your theme's images folder, like here for 
>> fauxcoly: 

>> and reference them as fauxcoly does, and rebuild Roller.    We have 
>> many other themes listed in the Links to non-Apache resources here: 
>> <>

>> that may be able to provide other ways to reference images into your 
>> custom template.
>> You can link to media files from your templates, but you would need 
>> to use the Media Files URL given to you once you add the graphic into 
>> your Media Files, as I do with my company's logo on my blog ( 
>> - not part of the theme, but shows up 
>> due to the image link.)    If you choose to go this route, you'll 
>> want to do template modifications after you create your blog with 
>> your custom template (using Roller's template modification screens 
>> all bloggers are provided with), after getting the Media file URLs.
>> It depends on what you want to do.    If this graphic is something 
>> that will change from blogger to blogger, let each blogger use Media 
>> files to incorporate what he wants; if this is a graphic that will be 
>> the same for all bloggers using your theme, don't use Media Files but 
>> just incorporate it into your theme's image folder.
>> Glen
>> On 01/12/2014 02:31 PM, user wrote:
>> >
>> > Hello fellows! First of all thanx to all developers and customizers 
>> of > this well-designed open source web application.
>> > What I'm trying to do is to add an image into my custom theme.
>> > First of all I have created a copy of "fauxcoly" theme and then > 
>> started to study it's content. In "Media Files" chapter of my weblog 
>> I > saw the folder named "icons". In this folder I saw the file named 
>> > "asf-logo.png". In "Templates" chapter in the template named > 
>> "standard_footer" I obtained the following tag:
>> > <img src='$url.resource("icons/asf-logo.png")' border="0" 
>> alt="Apache > feather" />
>> >
>> > And on the rendered web page I see the link related to this tag:
>> >
>> >
>> > So I decided to link my uploaded images from my custom theme either 
>> by > "$url.resource" method or by direct link:
>> >
>> >
>> > Then I add the image named "asf-logo.png" from Tomcat's "webapps" > 
>> folder using "Media Files" chapter of admin UI. I preserved the > 
>> current filename ("asf-logo.png") and assigned the folder "images" 
>> for > it. So I have got two identical files: one in the directory 
>> named > "icons" and another in the directory names "images". Then I'm 
>> trying > to access new uploaded file by the url:
>> >
>> >
>> > And get 404 error, although the initial url works OK:
>> >
>> >
>> > Accessing file by the model object "$url" don't work either.
>> > What I do wrong? Why is so different behavior for user uploaded 
>> files > and files copied automatically from default theme?
>> > Tested on 5.0.1 and 5.0.3 under Tomcat 7.0.27 under OpenJDK 1.7.0_25

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