I found some questions on the user mailing list about how to use woody with the Portal Engine. I have taken some time to reproduce the process with basic samples provided in Cocoon.

To use woody in a coplet portal isn't very difficult but you need a special handling for the continuation. Got a Cocoon-2.1.4-dev, and we gonna put the woody/registration form (because it simple) inside a coplet.

Note: Cocoon-2.1.4-dev also contains a different approach that is documented in the portal documentation (form handling) and the portal demo included in Cocoon contains a demo for this after you login and select the "Apps" tab (Carsten).

Step 1: The first step is to modify one existing coplet to use a woody form. Edit the portal/layout/copletdata/portal.xml file and change the value of the uri of the Portal-Demo with cocoon://samples/woody/registration.

<coplet-data id="Portal-demo" name="standard">
  <value xsi:type="java:java.lang.string"

Log into the portal as guest/guest and in the main tab instead of the introduction coplet, you will ses the woody form.
Now the problem is that the KontId isn't handling. It's always the same uri called for this coplet. The simplest trick will be to put the KontID in an hidden filed and change the woody sitemap to handle it.

Step 2: Add the continuation hidden field. Edit the woody/forms/registration_template.xml and add after wt:form-template the tag <wt:continuation-id/> Then set the form action to an empty string, because we want use the portal page, not just the form. Your file should look like
{{{<page ... <content>

...</page> }}}
Step 3: Configure the sitemap to handle the continuation. we gonna switch the pipeline based on the request method. Edit the woody/sitemap.xmap and replace the match pattern registration with
{{{<map:match pattern="registration">

</map:match> }}} That's all. Right now you can enjoy the woody inside a Coplet.

Optional Steps: The registration form is not design to put itshelf inside a coplet. You will need to remove the html/head/body part. It will be cleaner.
When you change the menu tab, you can see that you lose the woody context. It's because you loose also the KontId. To solve it you can put it in a coplet attribute instead of the request parameter.

Hopes, it's clear enough

New Way: Since Febrary 2004, (Cocoon-2.1.5-dev) there is a new way to use woody in the Portal Engine, because it comes with the application coplet adapter.

Therefore to put any woody form (registration for exemple) inside a coplet, you have just to change the temporary:application-uri of one coplet with cocoon://samples/woody/registration in the layout/copletdata/portal.xml file.
It will works fine exempt for client javascript, that need to be given to the portal main page.


However: your form must specify an action, i.e. page that it submits to. The normal behaviour of a form with no action is that it submits back to itself, but this won't work with the Application coplet adaptor. This is so that the coplet adaptor can change the value of action so it can make sure that the rest of your portal loads around your coplet when you submit your form.

<form method="post" action="submitpage">
 <!-- [...] -->


Beware!: your form must be a valid html page in order to be accepted by a coplet. The forms-samples-styling.xsl stylesheet of the distribution formats a form in this way:

<form ...>
 <!-- [...] -->

You have to modify the stylesheet in order to add the html and head and body tags if you want your form to appear in a coplet.

WoodyCopletForPortalEngine (last edited 2009-09-20 23:40:00 by localhost)