[xwiki-devs] [Proposal] Default edit mode for a page

Eduard Moraru eduard.moraru at xwiki.com
Thu Mar 24 22:33:20 UTC 2011

On 03/24/2011 07:28 PM, Luca Anca wrote:
> Hi all,
> starting from the need of the dashboards, to specify the default edit
> mode for a page, here's how I would like to implement it, in the
> following days.
> Context:
> There is already a mechanism for this, which works like this: if,
> document A includes sheet B and sheet B has an object of type
> "XWiki.SheetClass", then clicking the edit button of document A will
> automatically open the edit mode specified in the XWiki.SheetClass
> object of the sheet B.
> Proposal:
> 1/ I propose an enhancement of the existing mechanism, to allow such an
> XWiki.SheetClass object to be attached to the document A directly.
> Namely the edit mode for the document A will be read first from the
> objects of type XWiki.SheetClass in document A, then if none found, from
> the objects in the included sheet.
> 2/ XWiki.SheetClass should be renamed to XWiki.EditModeClass, or
> XWiki.DefaultEditModeClass, or something alike, that suggests its
> purpose. Current class name will be deprecated but still preserved for a
> good while. What would be your name proposals for this?
> 3/ optionally, we could deprecate the current mechanism, and say that
> objects should never be attached to sheets anymore, only to pages. This
> way, the usecase of a sheet should be implemented by adding the
> EditModeClass object in the template from which docs are created, so
> that it can be easily propagated to a set of documents.
> I am not against the current mechanism, I think it's a nice helper, and
> the replacing implementation has the drawback of making it mandatory to
> create documents through templates, or manually adding this object in
> the doc creation code. Therefore, I would be -0.5 on this.
> 4/ optionally, add an edit mode panel (or whatever we want to replace
> them with) to change this from a nice UI. This can turn out useful in
> cases when such an edit object is added automatically (e.g. dashboards)
> and when it's no longer needed (dashboard macro call is deleted from the
> page), the default edit mode still stays the one set automatically. This
> is  very optional, as I see little cases when users would delete just
> the macro call, and not the page as a whole.
> Thanks,
> Anca
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+1 for the idea.

As a side note, I`d like it if we went even further with this and create 
a "Page Preferences" section, just like we have for space and wiki, 
where we could specify things like default edit mode or whatever wiki or 
application specific stuff. These preferences would materialize in 
objects being added to the current page.



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