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Rewrite old-style renderers (ui subpackage) in new architecture (renderkit.core.xhtml)

List of components

  • AddYourComponentHere !


in progress







(known) Contributors:

  • Subramaniam, Pavitra
  • Wessendorf, Matthias

New Renderers are being buit in org.apache.myfaces.trinidadinternal.renderkit.core.xhtml. XhtmlRenderer extends CoreRenderer is the base class for (most) of our renderers.

These renderers no longer necessarily have a pre- and post- phase. Instead:

  • If getRendersChildren() has been overridden to return true, do all your coding in:

  protected void encodeAll(
    FacesContext        context,
    RenderingContext    arc,
    UIComponent         component,
    FacesBean           bean) throws IOException
  • If getRendersChildren() returns false (the default, but uncommon), you do get a pre- and post- but not a renderContent(); use these two hooks:

  protected void encodeBegin(
    FacesContext        context,
    RenderingContext    arc,
    UIComponent         component,
    FacesBean           bean) throws IOException
  protected void encodeEnd(
    FacesContext        context,
    RenderingContext    arc,
    UIComponent         component,
    FacesBean           bean) throws IOException

Retrieving properties

Property retrieval should always go via the bean, not by the component and never, ever by the attribute map. Every time you want a property from a renderer, you do the following:

  • In an override of findTypeConstants(), get the property key from the FacesBean.Type, and save it as an instance variable. The FacesBean.Type is hardcoded in renderers with no subclasses (get it from the TYPE static variable on the component), and passed to the constructor in abstract base classes.

  • Add a getter that takes a bean.


  protected void findTypeConstants(FacesBean.Type type)
    _shortDescKey = type.findKey("shortDesc");
    // etc...

  protected String getShortDesc(FacesBean bean)
    // toString() is a convenience function on CoreRenderer
    return toString(bean.getProperty(_shortDescKey));

  private PropertyKey _shortDescKey;

By this strategy, a property like shortDesc that is actually defined at the leaves of our component type heirarchy can be generically referred to in a base renderer.


The following rules apply:

  • Code in core.xhtml may not import code in view.faces.ui. No exceptions.
  • However view.faces.ui may point at core.xhtml.
  • Do not add functionality to view.faces.ui.
  • Do not "implement XhtmlConstants". Use explicit references.

  • Do not use "partialTargets" at all in any faces-major code. If a component needs to redraw itself in response to a PPR event, it should do so by calling RequestContext.addPartialTarget() during decode().

  • Never call getAttributes(). Always follow the "Retrieving properties" pattern above.
  • Do not use _uixspu anymore. Use _adfspu (which does not have the partial or partialTargets parameters).
  • In protected accessors, use the protected CoreRenderer.toString(Object) to convert from Object to

    • String; unless its an URL, in which case use CoreRenderer.toURL(Object).

  • Never write out URLs using ResponseWriter.writeURIAttribute(). Always use XhtmlRenderer.renderEncodedActionURI() or XhtmlRenderer.renderEncodedResourceURI().

Replacements for old UIX functionality

RenderingContext replaces most of the UIX!RenderingContext functionality.

  • RenderingContext can be retrieved as a thread-local with getCurrentInstance().

  • RenderingContext.getProperties() returns a Map for rendering properties.

One special thing about RenderingContext.getProperties(): if you store an old UIX!RenderingContext property, using the MARLIN_NAMESPACE namespace, it actually goes into the RenderingContext properties Map! So, as long as you use exactly the same key, old- and new-style code can communicate.

Instead of providing PDA or BLAF renderers that just subclass a few things, lean on Skin properties. For example, when deciding whether to show the last "breadCrumb"/"menuPath" item, we now use a Skin property.

Do not refer to UIConstants or XhtmlLafConstants; use XhtmlConstants.

FacesMajor_Renderers (last edited 2009-09-20 23:01:50 by localhost)