Have your views rendered with DTML

Have your views rendered with DTML

As we're supposed to kill the CMF skins layer in the Plone components, when tailoring the old style products to components, we put all static data (images, javascripts, stylesheets) in resources directories, python scripts to views and adpters, controller page templates to plone.app.form or plone.app.z3cform schemes, and so on...

But the new style resource directory doesn't take care about DTML as it does for page templates. And for some kinds of stuffs like dynamic CSS/Javascript, or making a CSV file, DTML is yet the better suited than ZPT.

Yes you can publish DTML based views/pages/viewlets. This is not obvious but not that much complicated. This small example shows how to add a stylesheet using the standard Plone base_properties CSS data.

First the ZCML bunch at .../browser/configure.zcml:


So we'll have that sthylesheet published at http://<your-site>/mystyles.css.

Now the .../browser/stylesheet.py module:

import os
from Globals import DTMLFile

from Products.Five.browser import BrowserView
this_dir = os.path.dirname(os.path.abspath(__file__))

templates_dir = os.path.join(this_dir, 'templates')
# Don't add ".dtml" to the file name though the file is "mystyles.css.dtml"
mystylesheet_dtml = DTMLFile('mystyles.css', templates_dir)

class MyStylesheet(BrowserView):
    def __call__(self, *args, **kw):
        """This view is published"""

        # Wrap acquisition context to template
        template = mystylesheet_dtml.__of__(self.context)

        # Note that you can provide other named args below you might need in
        # your template
        return template(context=context)

And finally our DTML template at .../browser/templates/mystyles.css.dtml

/* <dtml-with "context.base_properties"> (do not remove this :)
<dtml-let portal_url="context.absolute_url()"> (do not remove this :)

.silly {
  color: &dtml-discreetColor;;
.foo {
  background: &dtml-portal_url;/some-image.gif;

/* </dtml-let></dtml-with> (do not remove this :) */

You just need to add "mystyles.css" to the Plone CSS registry but that's another story. That's all folks.

Note that you could prefer using z3c.zrtresource if you're bleeding-edge oriented developer.

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