Renderer Component Tree Expanders

Note: The renderer will undergo significant changes post Infusion 1.5

The Renderer offers some utility functions for simplifying the tree-creation process. These functions are called expanders because they expand information you provide into a full component tree. These expanders are specified in the prototree itself by name and and are provided options to control the expansion process. For example:

var protoTree = {
    expander: {
        type: "fluid.renderer.repeat",
        repeatID: "recordType",
        controlledBy: "recordlist.name",
        pathAs: "elementPath",
        tree: { value: "${{elementPath}}" }
    }
};

This prototree above uses the fluid.renderer.repeat expander (described in more detail below), which repeats the provided tree based on the data found in data model at the path specified by controlledBy. The expander saves the developer the work of having to create a prototree with an array of Bound components with a ":" at the end of the ID (indicating a repeated element), one for each piece of data in the data model:

var protoTree = {
    recordType: {
        children: [
            { "recordType:": "${recordlist.name.0}" },
            { "recordType:": "${recordlist.name.1}" },
            { "recordType:": "${recordlist.name.2}" },
            { "recordType:": "${recordlist.name.3}" },
            ...
        ]
    }
};

Using Expanders

Expanders are specified as wrappers around a component specification in the component tree: Instead of the usual componentID: {specification} form, the keyword expander is used, as shown below:

var tree = {
    expander: {
        type: "fluid.renderer.repeat",
        repeatID: "tab:",
        ....
    }
};

You can also specify multiple expanders within a prototree by providing an array of expander specification in the expander field, as shown below:

var tree = {
    expander: [
        {
            type: "fluid.renderer.repeat",
            repeatID: "tab:",
            ....
        },
        {
            type: "fluid.renderer.selection.inputs",
            selectID: "language",
            ....
        },
        ....
    ]
};

Available Expanders

Repetition Expander

The repetition expander takes care of replicating part of the prototree as many times as are required based on the data in the the model.

The following fields are supported by the fluid.renderer.repeat expander:

Field Description Values Default
tree A prototree snippet to use for the repeated data Object
controlledBy EL path of repeated data in model String
repeateID the id to use String
pathAs (Optional) The string that will be used in the tree to represent an instance of the repeated data in the data model. String none
type The type of the expander fluid.renderer.repeate N/A
valueAs (Optional) String none
ifEmpty (Optional) Boolean false

Example

In this example, the fluid.renderer.repeat expander is being used to declare a tree for a set of tabs. The controlledBy property indicates that the data model field of tabs contains the data to be used.

cspace.tabsList.modelToTree = function (model, options) {
    var tree = {
        expander: {
            type: "fluid.renderer.repeat",
            repeatID: "tab:",
            controlledBy: "tabs",
            pathAs: "tabInfo",
            tree: {
                tabLink: {
                    target: "${{tabInfo}.href}",
                    linktext: {
                        messagekey: "${{tabInfo}.name}"
                    }
                }
            }
        }
    };
    return tree;
};

Selection To Inputs Expander

The simple Select protocomponent format shown on the ProtoComponent Types page is sufficient for a <select> element, but radio buttons and check boxes must also have entries for each button or box. The selection to inputs expander will automatically generate these entries based on the options available in the select.

The following fields are supported by the fluid.renderer.selection.inputs expander:

Field Description Values Default
type The type of the expander fluid.renderer.selection.inputs N/A
selectId The ID of the selection itself. String none
inputId The ID of the input element associated with the select. String none
rowId The ID of the template for the row that is to be repeated for each possible selection. String none
labelId The ID of the label for the input element. String none
tree (Optional) The prototree snippet containing the selection that is to be expanded Object none

Example

var tree = {
    expander: {
        type: "fluid.renderer.selection.inputs",
        rowID: "layout",
        labelID: "layoutLabel",
        inputID: "layoutChoice",
        selectID: "layout-checkbox",
        tree: {
            selection: "${layouts.selection}",
            optionlist: "${layouts.choices}",
            optionnames: "${layouts.names}"
        }
    }
};

Condition Expander

The condition expander provides a mechanism for selecting between two alternative renderer component sub-trees based on the outcome of a condition e.g. the boolean evaluation of a value, or the return value of a function call.

The following fields are supported by the fluid.renderer.condition expander:

Field Description Values Default
type The type of the expander fluid.renderer.condition N/A
condition An object that can be evaluated as true or false, or a function that returns a boolean. Object or Function none
trueTree (Optional) A component sub-tree to be used in the case that the condition evaluates to true. Object none
falseTree (Optional) A component sub-tree to be used in the case that the condition evaluates to false. Object none

Examples

In the following example, the condition is that.options.showDeleteButton. The renderer will evaluate the component's showDeleteButton option and if it is true will use the component tree specified by trueTree. Note that no falseTree is provided. If the option is false or not present, nothing will be rendered.

expander: {
    type: "fluid.renderer.condition",
    condition: that.options.showDeleteButton,
    trueTree: {
        deleteButton: {
            decorators: [{
                type: "attrs",
                attributes: {
                    value: that.options.strings.deleteButton
                }
            }, {
                type: "jQuery",
                func: "prop",
                args: {
                    disabled: that.checkDeleteDisabling
                }
            }]
        }
    }
}

In the following example, the condition is the return value of a call to that.showMediumImage(). If the function returns true, the image should be shown, and the trueTree component subtree will be used to render it. If the return value is false, the image should not be shown, and the falseTree subtree will be used to properly render the empty space instead of an image.

expander: {
    type: "fluid.renderer.condition",
    condition: that.showMediumImage(),
    trueTree: {
        mediumImage: {
            decorators: [{
                type: "addClass",
                classes: that.options.styles.mediumImage
            }, {
                type: "attrs",
                attributes: {
                    alt: that.options.strings.mediumImage,
                    src: that.options.recordModel.fields
                           && that.options.recordModel.fields.blobs
                             && that.options.recordModel.fields.blobs.length > 0 ?
                        that.options.recordModel.fields.blobs[0].imgMedium : ""
                }
            }]
        },
        mediaSnapshot: {
            decorators: [{
                type: "addClass",
                classes: that.options.styles.mediaSnapshot
            }]
        }
    },
    falseTree: {
        mediaSnapshot: {}
    }
}

In the following example, the condition is a call to the function cspace.header.assertMenuItemDisplay() with a particular argument taken from the itemName subcomponent. If the function call returns true, the renderer component subtree specified by trueTree will be used.

expander: {
    type: "fluid.renderer.condition",
    condition: {
        funcName: "cspace.header.assertMenuItemDisplay",
        args: "${{itemName}.hide}"
    },
    trueTree: {
        label: {
            target: "${{item}.href}",
            linktext: {
                messagekey: "${{item}.name}"
            }
        }
    }
}