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9/19/2014 4:06 PM


The designer and prototype builder has elected to add links to pages that I will be required to add to the skin. The link will contain a paragraph of text that the user will be able to edit, meaning that they will add the text via an html module.  I see two options. the first it force the user to add in the entire html including the link. A little tough on the user when they only want to use RTF. The second option is to imbed a div within the link and all the user to only deal with the text part. The issue there is that I have to imbed page link information within the skin for pages that have yet to be created. So my question is this.....  Is there a with to build the address dynamically so that the following would work replacing the # with something.

<a href="#" >

          <div id="SectionC_Right"  runat="server">



Anyone have any other thoughts ?


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9/20/2014 8:11 AM
I think this is difficult on two levels

1- Skins do not 'have' modules so you cannot add an html module to the skin.
2- You cannot create a link to a page that does not exist yet (unless you can predict the URL). If you can predict the URL then you don't have a problem.

A minor point is that if the link is in the skin - then when the skin displays your target page the skin will display link to the page you are already viewing. It would not bother me much, but some folk dislike that.

I think the best solution to this would be some kind of skinobject, supported by an editing module to set it up. That requires programming skills and development effort.

I have tried using the html module to show stuff on all pages with the 'display on all pages' module setting. It was horrible. I cannot be properly certain if I wasn't using it properly, or it just does not work well, but I hated the results. It's not controllable enough for my taste.

Best wishes,
- Richard
Agile Development Consultant, Practitioner, and Trainer
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9/20/2014 9:52 AM

The way I solve these kind of issues is by using an extra menu.

I use it for "fixed" links that should be in the skin but also editable.
I use DDR menu with a start page "TopMenu" or something alike.
Then hide that page in the main menu.

The user simply creates a child of the TopMenu page and it shows up in the extra menu.

If you really need the value to be edited per page, you can store custom values in the page settins, (but you would have to program around it, no default solution exists AFAIK).
I based a skin object that aloows editing a text in a skin on a per page base, but it does not support links ATM, just plain text.

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9/24/2014 11:04 AM

Thanks for the Ideas. I like the menu approach

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