from the you-gotta-concentrate-extra-hard dept.
This is part 4 on customizing Squishdot. This one discusses the configuration tables and some related folders which control the navigational links to other parts of Squishdot as well as the semi-static information displayed on the squishboxes.
The Configuration TablesThere are three (3) tables control what navigational links and boxes are displayed on the left, right and bottom parts of the Squishdot pages. These are instances of the TinyTable product that are not part of the basic Zope distribution and must be downloaded separately. They are available from the Contributed Products page at the Zope website.
The rightbox_methods and misc_methods folderThese folders contain the DTML methods that are incorporated into the Squishdot pages. For example, the rightbox_methods folder contains those DTML methods that are listed in the rightbox_items table (discussed above) that show up as squishboxes on the right hand part of the main page. The misc_methods folder holds those various misc_methods such as advertising (which controls what advertising banner is displayed at the top of the Squishdot pages). You can easily turnoff the Squishdot by taking out the html that displays the image in the advertising DTML method. You can also change the quote displayed on all the Squishdot by updating it in the quotation DTML method.Note: We are currently working on a product that will randomly generate quotes from a fortune cookie database, so that the quotations can updated automatically -- one less thing you have to administer.
You can add your own rightbox_methods and/or update and/or delete the current ones in the folder -- just make sure you update the entries in the rightbox_items to match the DTML methods.
This concludes the series of articles on customizing Squishdot.
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