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The Generic Creator is a set of methods that allow for portal role creation based on a specially formatted XML string. The documentation can be found http://help.sap.com/saphelp_nwce711/helpdata/en/44/37fc5cfe770a63e10000000a422035/frameset.htm. The idea is to build an XML string that defines your PCD object and then invoke a method to execute the XML string.

The Web Page Composer allows a portal user to build their own web page within the portal. That process is well documented, but the final step is a bit cumbersome. The user needs to select a pointer to their site and then build or maintain a portal role to link to that pointer. This requires some portal content administration skills which are beyond what an end user should need.

So, I thought I’d put together a portal component that allows a portal user to build their own role which automatically provides the link to their WPC site.

To keep it as simple as possible, I don’t allow the user to pick things like the role name or location.  All they can select is the WPC site.  This is provided in a drop down list which is generated by walking the KM structure under /wpccontent/Sites looking for navigation.wpc files.

At run time the user will see something like:

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The XML string I build makes a PCD folder under the top level PCD with an id of user_ plus the user id. The name of the folder is the user id. Inside there I make a folder for the roles and in that folder I create the role iteself. The id of the role is the user id plus _wpc_role.

Inside the role we make an entry point folder with the name Web Page Composer and under that folder we make a folder with the external connector set to the WPC site.

The generated role might look like this in the portal content studio.

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There is a wiki page which contains the code. It can be found at https://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/Snippets/Portal+component+to+build+a+role 

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    1. Michael Nicholls Post author
      The tricky bit is making a useful and correct XML string. The easiest way is to use the portal xml export tool (system admin -> transport -> XML export) to create a similar XML file and then take out the pieces you don’t need…
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  1. Michael Nicholls Post author
    The following wiki page shows how to build an iView. This example allows for navigating to a KM folder and then generates the XML to create an iView based on the KM navigation template.
    link here.
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