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The CMS markup is structured into "panels", which are the base units containing interface components (or other panels),
as declared by the class
cms-panel. Panels can be made collapsible, and get the ability to be resized and aligned with
a layout manager, in our case jLayout. This layout manager applies CSS
We've established a convention for a
redraw method on each panel and UI component that need to update their content as
a result of changes to their position, size or visibility. This method would usually be invoked by the parent container.
The layout manager does not dynamically track changes to panel sizes - we have to trigger laying out manually each time
we need an update to happen (for example from
window::onresize event, or panel toggling). It then cascades through the
children setting sizes and positions, which in turn requires redrawing of some of the elements.
The easiest way to update the layout of the CMS is to call
redraw on the top-level
This causes the framework to:
- reset the threeColumnCompressor algorithm with the current layout options (that can be set via
layoutwhich cascades into all children resizing and positioning subordinate elements (this is internal to the layout manager)
redrawon children which also cascades deeper into the hierarchy (this is framework activity)
layout is also triggered when a DOM element is replaced with AJAX in
this case it is triggered on the parent of the element being replaced so jLayout has a chance to rebuild its algorithms.
Calling the top level
layout is not enough as it will wrongly descend down the detached element's hierarchy.
Caveat: invocation order of the
redraws is crucial here, generally going from innermost to outermost elements. For
example, the tab panels have be applied in the CMS form before the form itself is layouted with its sibling panels to
avoid incorrect dimensions.
redraw methods on panels that need to adjust themselves after their sizes, positions or visibility have been
.cms-container to re-layout the CMS.
Layout manager will automatically apply algorithms to the children of
.cms-container by inspecting the
data-layout-type attribute. Let's take the content toolbar as an example of a second-level layout application:
<div class="cms-content-tools west cms-panel cms-panel-layout" data-expandOnClick="true" data-layout-type="border" id="cms-content-tools-CMSMain"> <%-- content utilising border's north, south, east, west and center classes --%> </div>
For detailed discussion on available algorithms refer to jLayout algorithms.
Our Howto: Extend the CMS Interface has a practical example on how to add a bottom panel to the CMS UI.
The following methods are available as an interface to underlying threeColumnCompressor algorithm on the
- getLayoutOptions: get currently used threeColumnCompressor options.
- updateLayoutOptions: change specified options and trigger the laying out:
- splitViewMode: enable side by side editing.
- contentViewMode: only menu and content areas are shown.
- previewMode: only menu and preview areas are shown.
If as a result of alogorithm's calculations the column becomes hidden,
column-hidden class is added to it.
You might have noticed that the top-level
.cms-container has the
data-layout-type set to
custom. We use an inhouse
threeColumnCompressor algorithm for the layout of the menu, content and preview columns of the CMS. The annotated code
for this algorithm can be found in
Since the layout-type for the element is set to
custom and will be ignored by the layout manager, we apply the
LeftAndMain::redraw. This way we also get a chance to provide options expected
by the algorithm that are initially taken from the
LeftAndMain::LayoutOptions entwine variable.
Use provided factory method to generate algorithm instances.
The parameters are as follows:
- column-spec-object: object providing the menu, content and preview elements (all fields mandatory)
- options-object: object providing the configuration (all fields mandatory, see options below)
- minContentWidth: minimum size for the content display as long as the preview is visible
- minPreviewWidth: preview will not be displayed below this size
- mode: one of "split", "content" (content-only), "preview" (preview-only)