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5/13/2014 3:51 PM
 

Good day.

I have seen many commercial modules making use of a theme type display of the contents where the actual contents gets displayed via html templates that the end-user can select themselves.

This is pretty cool as different layouts of the same contents can then be selected by the user. In addition to that additional layouts and maintenance of the display formats seems to be the way to go..

The html layouts typically have some div's with styling and tokens that gets replaced run-time.

Can anyone give me some sample code or assistance in documentation on how best to achieve this?
As an example the  http://www.easydnnsolutions.com/Modules/EasyDNNnews/Overview these guys do it like that..

Thank you.

 
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5/14/2014 4:52 AM
 
DNN comes with a feature called "TokenReplace", which allows to replace predefined system, website, user, page and module tokens at runtime. This schema is extensible by modules for internal use, check out FormAndList, how to implement custom tokens.

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5/14/2014 12:52 PM
 

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5/14/2014 1:52 PM
 
Are you looking because you are building a custom module? I do this frequently by loading in a template file (or could be from a database/modulesettings as well) and just doing string replaces.

var theOrder = ctx.Orders.SingleOrDefault(item => item.OrderId == intOrderID);

strTemplateEmail = readFile("/DesktopModules/ModuleName/templates/email.txt", false);
strTemplateEmail = strTemplateEmail
.Replace("[OrderID]", theOrder.OrderId.ToString())
.Replace("[First]", theOrder.FirstName)
.Replace("[Last]", theOrder.LastName)
.Replace("[Company]", theOrder.Company)
.Replace("[Email]", theOrder.Email)
.Replace("[Address1]", theOrder.Address1)
.Replace("[Address2]", theOrder.Address2)
.Replace("[City]", theOrder.City)
.Replace("[Postal]", theOrder.Zip)
.Replace("[DETAILS]", strEmailDetails);

Not sure if this was what you were looking for.
 
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5/14/2014 2:49 PM
 

Thanks for all the help. Let me be a bit more specific.

I am developing custom modules, making use of Christopher Hammond's template using DAL2.
Typically we have a view.ascx that displays the module output.
The output might be a list of user submissions (just user data) in a repeating list.
I would like the output to be displayed by the view.ascx using html documents (templates). The template will have tokens representing my user submitted data. I.e. [dateOfSubmission].

I am comfortable to do replacement of tokens both my own and DNN built in, just need to understand how I accomplish the display of a custom html template as output in my view.ascx. I believe Sebastian understands my requirement best at this point... just have to go through the code that he suggested. It looks like xslt is used there... would prefer HTML.

Sooo using Christopher's dnn module development strategy and providing "Theme's" as a dropdown in the module settings for the user to choose on of several themes, which then renders the output based on that "theme". In this case a theme would typically be a separate folder containing the html template and some resources like images, css etc.

Thank you.

 
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