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This is the follow on the my first weblog about using the flexible user interface.  So if you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend you read it here : /people/paul.tomlinson/blog/2006/01/26/a-real-world-example-of-flexible-user-interface-150-part-1  I finished off my last weblog having created all of the elements we are going to use.  This weblog puts them all together and assigns them to an iview.  I am going to link together the layout set called NewsExplorer_Approve.  In to this I am going to assign the resource renderer NewsResourceRenderer_Approve.  To the resource renderer I am going to assign the command group NewsGroup_Approve.  So first thing, assign the resource renderer. image I edit the layout set, deselect NewsResourceRenderer and select NewsResourceRenderer_Approve.  This have assigned the resource renderer to my layout set.  Next I click on NewsResourceRenderer_Approve to take me into it.  In here I change the resource (menu) command group to NewsGroup_Approve. image This means that next to files (in our case XML files) we will have our modified menu (with approval in).  Great.  That is all of the technical bit done.  We now need to create an iview and assign our layout set.  Before that though we need to enable approval on our folder where we are going to save our XML files.  The iviews point at where the XML files are saved (edit forms) and read from (read only / show forms).  These folders need to be enabled for approval.  The standard folder is /documents/News, but I’m going to create a new folder called News2 in the documents repository and use this.  This can be done from anywhere where you can access the documents repository e.g. content administration -> KM Content.  Approval only works if permissions are set correctly.  If you have read /write permission to the files, you will always see them no matter whether they are approved or not.  So only authors need read / write permission.  So the permissions need setting up by going into the News2 folder and then menu folder -> details -> settings permissions.  I would set everyone are read only and then add a few authors to have read / write or  full control.  We also need to set service permissions.  Service permissions set who can define approvers along with some other things.  If you have the service permission approval maintenance, then you will always be able to see all files.  So once again change the service permissions (settings -> service permissions) so that everyone has no service permission except for whoever is administrating the approvers.  Finally in settings -> approval you need to enable the approval process (big button enable approval) and assign users, groups or roles to be approvers.  These are the people who will be able to approve the documents.  So finally I create my iviews.  I am going to create two iviews, one for editing and approval and one for displaying the XML forms.  Content administration -> Portal Content choose a folder you want to create the iviews in. Then right mouse click -> new -> iview.  Choose KM Navigation iview.  image Give the iview a name, id and prefix then open it for editing.  In the dropdown proprt category, choose show all.  Scroll down to Layout set (the properties are sorted alphabetically). image  In layout set property we are going to type in News_Explorer_Approve (no drop down I’m afraid and it is case sensitive – dropdowns in next release please if any product management people are reading this 🙂 ).   I have also set the layout set mode to be exclusive.  This means that the users cannot change the layout set of the iview if they are allowed to personalise it.  Further down in the iview properties I have then set Path to initially displayed folder to point at my News2 folder (once again you have to type it in I’m afraid). image This means that it will write any new XML files to this folder and display any XML files that are in this folder.  If I preview the iview it looks like this: image Notice the approval menu.  So the author would submit this document for approval.  (I have skip approval because I am an approver administrator).  A notification would be fired off to the approvers in the UWL and via e-mail (if it has been configured).  They could approve it there or in this iview by clicking Approval -> approve (or reject for that matter). I also create another iview for the end users to display the forms.  The iview is exactly the same as the one I have just created except that we choose the NewsBrowser layout set (but still point it at /documents/News2).  The only files that will display in this iview are approved files, since the users who will have think iview will have read only access to this folder.   So that is an introduction to the flexible user interface.  It is quite complex but also quite powerful once you understand it.  For you java developers out there, don’t worry, there are lots of additional clever things you can do in flexible user interface using java coding.  So from somewhere over the coast of Greenland, I hope that makes sense (I’ve only had two glasses of red wine!) and good luck with playing with flexible user interface. 
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  1. yogi yogi
    Hi,

    that was really helpful..would be great if you could publish a blog on using java api to write custom resource renderers, for instance for a custom newsResourceRenderer

    thanks

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    1. Paul Tomlinson Post author
      Hi,

      Thanks.  Unfortunately I’m not a developer so coding a resource renderer is a bit out of my skills.  Godd idea for anyone out there who has done it though.

      Any Volunteers?

      Paul

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      1. raj balakrishnan
        Paul,

        Thanks for the followup blog. With reference to your question in your first blog, I am trying to create a news resourcedisplayrenderer which will show the entire news item(title, description,et al) in the list view itself. Also, is it possible for a km navigation iview to display news items from subfolders?

        Thanks
        Raj

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        1. Paul Tomlinson Post author
          Hi Raj,

          What is displayed is set by the XML form, not by flexible UI.  So if you use the XML forms editor (Content mgt -> forms builder), open the News form and add the bits you want to the renderlistitem form.

          As for displaying news items from subfolders, i the way that it works is the iview points to just one folder and displays the items from there.  So you may be struggling to do that.

          Paul

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        2. Detlev Beutner
          Hi Raj,

          displaying the news also from a subfolder could be reached in two ways: (a) Create a taxonomy and by this put into one “imaginary” folder the content of different folders and point to such a folder with your km navigation iView. (b) Write your own collection renderer based upon the standard news collection renderer and collect now only the news from the current but also from it’s subfolders; but be warned, that’s all but trivial for the renderer are implemented through different layers, so it’s not a touch-one-class job…
          Best regards, Detlev

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  2. yogi yogi
    Hi,

    that was really helpful..would be great if you could publish a blog on using java api to write custom resource renderers, for instance for a custom newsResourceRenderer

    thanks

    (0) 
    1. Paul Tomlinson Post author
      Hi,

      Thanks.  Unfortunately I’m not a developer so coding a resource renderer is a bit out of my skills.  Godd idea for anyone out there who has done it though.

      Any Volunteers?

      Paul

      (0) 
      1. raj balakrishnan
        Paul,

        Thanks for the followup blog. With reference to your question in your first blog, I am trying to create a news resourcedisplayrenderer which will show the entire news item(title, description,et al) in the list view itself. Also, is it possible for a km navigation iview to display news items from subfolders?

        Thanks
        Raj

        (0) 
        1. Paul Tomlinson Post author
          Hi Raj,

          What is displayed is set by the XML form, not by flexible UI.  So if you use the XML forms editor (Content mgt -> forms builder), open the News form and add the bits you want to the renderlistitem form.

          As for displaying news items from subfolders, i the way that it works is the iview points to just one folder and displays the items from there.  So you may be struggling to do that.

          Paul

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        2. Detlev Beutner
          Hi Raj,

          displaying the news also from a subfolder could be reached in two ways: (a) Create a taxonomy and by this put into one “imaginary” folder the content of different folders and point to such a folder with your km navigation iView. (b) Write your own collection renderer based upon the standard news collection renderer and collect now only the news from the current but also from it’s subfolders; but be warned, that’s all but trivial for the renderer are implemented through different layers, so it’s not a touch-one-class job…
          Best regards, Detlev

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  3. yogi yogi
    Hi,

    that was really helpful..would be great if you could publish a blog on using java api to write custom resource renderers, for instance for a custom newsResourceRenderer

    thanks

    (0) 
    1. Paul Tomlinson Post author
      Hi,

      Thanks.  Unfortunately I’m not a developer so coding a resource renderer is a bit out of my skills.  Godd idea for anyone out there who has done it though.

      Any Volunteers?

      Paul

      (0) 
      1. raj balakrishnan
        Paul,

        Thanks for the followup blog. With reference to your question in your first blog, I am trying to create a news resourcedisplayrenderer which will show the entire news item(title, description,et al) in the list view itself. Also, is it possible for a km navigation iview to display news items from subfolders?

        Thanks
        Raj

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        1. Paul Tomlinson Post author
          Hi Raj,

          What is displayed is set by the XML form, not by flexible UI.  So if you use the XML forms editor (Content mgt -> forms builder), open the News form and add the bits you want to the renderlistitem form.

          As for displaying news items from subfolders, i the way that it works is the iview points to just one folder and displays the items from there.  So you may be struggling to do that.

          Paul

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        2. Detlev Beutner
          Hi Raj,

          displaying the news also from a subfolder could be reached in two ways: (a) Create a taxonomy and by this put into one “imaginary” folder the content of different folders and point to such a folder with your km navigation iView. (b) Write your own collection renderer based upon the standard news collection renderer and collect now only the news from the current but also from it’s subfolders; but be warned, that’s all but trivial for the renderer are implemented through different layers, so it’s not a touch-one-class job…
          Best regards, Detlev

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  4. preeti iyer
    Hi,

    I have added the Statemanagementgroup in Resource Commandgroup, but in the iView am not able to see the lings edit ,delete and approval as shown by you in the figure.Can you tell me what is the problem. and also we have created here a new folder News2.Now I want that this should be the default folder where all the XML created are stored.Right now I have tried copying the xml and submiiting for approval,The approval process works.But by default the xml files should go to that folder News2.

    Also I have one query in blog Part 1 you have created a layout set NewsExplorer_Approve but while creating iView you give that as News_Explorer_Approve.Is this a mistake or there is some reason behind this??

    Please help me with this.

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  5. preeti iyer
    Hi,

    I have added the Statemanagementgroup in Resource Commandgroup, but in the iView am not able to see the lings edit ,delete and approval as shown by you in the figure.Can you tell me what is the problem. and also we have created here a new folder News2.Now I want that this should be the default folder where all the XML created are stored.Right now I have tried copying the xml and submiiting for approval,The approval process works.But by default the xml files should go to that folder News2.

    Also I have one query in blog Part 1 you have created a layout set NewsExplorer_Approve but while creating iView you give that as News_Explorer_Approve.Is this a mistake or there is some reason behind this??

    Please help me with this.

    (0) 
  6. preeti iyer
    Hi,

    I have added the Statemanagementgroup in Resource Commandgroup, but in the iView am not able to see the lings edit ,delete and approval as shown by you in the figure.Can you tell me what is the problem. and also we have created here a new folder News2.Now I want that this should be the default folder where all the XML created are stored.Right now I have tried copying the xml and submiiting for approval,The approval process works.But by default the xml files should go to that folder News2.

    Also I have one query in blog Part 1 you have created a layout set NewsExplorer_Approve but while creating iView you give that as News_Explorer_Approve.Is this a mistake or there is some reason behind this??

    Please help me with this.

    (0) 
  7. preeti iyer
    Hi,

    For Folder I have permission to one USER “Preeti ” as approver.Everyone is Read access

    Service Permissions that “Preeti” has Full control.and evryone “Unsubscribe only”I could not see option no service

    Approval process has step of approving from user “Preeti”

    I could now see the edit delete approval in the iview but for the authors and users with system admin role also the iView has option of Submit for approval and Skip approval.
    Also I tried creating new user and for that the NEwsApproval iView does not show the link to create news.as shown in your fig.

    So I want that the author only should see teh link submit approval and not skip approval.All other users even though a system admin but not a approver should not see that Submit approval.

    Please request you to help me.

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  8. preeti iyer
    Hi,

    For Folder I have permission to one USER “Preeti ” as approver.Everyone is Read access

    Service Permissions that “Preeti” has Full control.and evryone “Unsubscribe only”I could not see option no service

    Approval process has step of approving from user “Preeti”

    I could now see the edit delete approval in the iview but for the authors and users with system admin role also the iView has option of Submit for approval and Skip approval.
    Also I tried creating new user and for that the NEwsApproval iView does not show the link to create news.as shown in your fig.

    So I want that the author only should see teh link submit approval and not skip approval.All other users even though a system admin but not a approver should not see that Submit approval.

    Please request you to help me.

    (0) 
  9. preeti iyer
    Hi,

    For Folder I have permission to one USER “Preeti ” as approver.Everyone is Read access

    Service Permissions that “Preeti” has Full control.and evryone “Unsubscribe only”I could not see option no service

    Approval process has step of approving from user “Preeti”

    I could now see the edit delete approval in the iview but for the authors and users with system admin role also the iView has option of Submit for approval and Skip approval.
    Also I tried creating new user and for that the NEwsApproval iView does not show the link to create news.as shown in your fig.

    So I want that the author only should see teh link submit approval and not skip approval.All other users even though a system admin but not a approver should not see that Submit approval.

    Please request you to help me.

    (0) 

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