Group snippets or multiple snippets

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  1. ManniAT
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    Posted 22 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    Hi,

    I have a site where the user can customize content (like some kind of CMS).
    For this I provide a lot of snippets to make the placement of placeholders.
    ---a placeholder in my case is something like $$SYS_UTC_DATE$$ which gets later replaced by a value.

    There are a lot of them - an by theory I could group them to "server variables" - "user variables" - and so on.

    But I don't know how to achieve this with rad editor.
    Nesting snippets like with custom links does not work.
    And I have now idea how to enable multiple (different) snippet combos in the toolbox.

    By the way - I sometimes have 2 or more editors visible which share the same toolprovider which works fine and saves a lot of loading time.
    So if code is needed to achieve what I need - pleas also let me know if the solution works with toolproviderid.

    Regards

    Manfred
  2. Rumen
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    Posted 27 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    Hi ManniAT,

    RadEditor offers a dropdown tool named Insert Code Snippet which is suitable for your scenario. You can find information about it and how to configure it in this help article: Code Snippets.

    Unfortunately, the current implementation of the ToolProviderID functionality does not apply the collections of the parent editor to the child editors. This means that the Snippets of the parent editor will be not inherited by the child editors. The enhancement of this property is logged in our ToDo list but I cannot provide an estimate when it will be done.

    Sincerely,
    Rumen
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  4. ManniAT
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    Posted 27 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    Hi Rumen,

    I guess my question was misunderstood.
    I know the snippets - and I use it via ToolsFile.xml - and by the way with tools.xml also the ToolProviderID works.

    My problem is that my <snippets> section in ToolsFile.xml became to big.
    So it is hard for my users to find the correct entry in a list of (lets say) 50 entries.

    Therefore I want to have either
    a.) something like with hyperlinks (grouping represented as treewview)
    OR
    b.) multiple <snippet> sections in tools.xml (every section building it's own dropdown)

    So that in the result the user has (let's say) one dropdown for "subpage functions", one for "system values", one for .....

    Regards

    Manfred
  5. Rumen
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    Posted 29 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    Hi Manfred,

    Thank you for the detailed explanation of the requested feature.

    To achieve your scenario you can use the solution provided in this KB article: Integrating RadTreeView in a custom dropdown of RadEditor v5.x - v7.x, "Prometheus". The treeview control will allow you to group your snippets in the desired order and hierarchy and paste the content of the selected item using the RadEditor's Client-side API.

    Best regards,
    Rumen
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  6. ManniAT
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    Posted 29 Apr 2009 Link to this post

    Hi Rumen,

    thank you for this information.
    I face two problems - first the TreeView expects (for it's load function) an XML structure like this:
    <Tree> 
        <Node Text="North America" Expanded="True">  
            <Node Text="Marketing" Expanded="True">  
                <Node Text="Timesheet May 2004" /> 
                <Node Text="Timesheet April 2004" /> 
            </Node> 
            <Node Text="Sales" > 
                <Node Text="Timesheet May 2004" /> 
                <Node Text="Timesheet April 2004" /> 
            </Node> 
            <Node Text="Productions" > 
                <Node Text="Timesheet May 2004" /> 
                <Node Text="Timesheet April 2004" /> 
            </Node> 
        </Node> 
    What I need is "content" like this:
    <snippet name="Order Confirmation">  
                    <![CDATA[
                        <div style="width:300px;border:2px outset #D8D2BD;padding:34px;font-family:Arial, Verdana; font-size:11px;background-color:#F1EFE6;">
                        Dear ____________________,<br />
                        Thank you for inquiring about ____________. Your request will be processed in 48 hours and shipped at the address you have provided. 
                        <br /><br />
                            <b>Please, contact us if you have any problems.</b>
                        </div>
                    ]]> 
                </snippet> 
    I'm not sure if the treeview would accept such a thing.

    The other problem is my solution itself.
    When I look at sample provided it assumes a "flat" structure.
    In my case I have a RadGrid with Master Detail. The master uses (in edit / insert mode) 3 RadEditors and the detail table 4 RadEditors.
    Due to space recommendations some of those editors use ToolbarNode="floating". The editors itself move, the toolbars are dockable and so forth.
    And last not least there are two different ToolFiles - which means two different sets of snippets.
    If I look at the used scripts and html I guess this would end in pretty complex scripts, a set of scripts / div's for each editor instance, a lot of code behind to bind those trees when changing the grid modes (to / from edit, insert).
    If it is buildable (I'm sure it is) this would blow by 300% or more.

    The next problem I see is maintenance - what I my customer has a need "please change editor 3 to floating toolbars...."?
    Or "pleas put the description left of the editor - not on top of it..".
    The things don't become easier by the fact that I'm not talking about one page - there are >12 of them.

    I simply guess it would be easier to have a popup (RadWindow) with some "Selection UI" (a number of listboxes, a hierarchical grid or comboboxes) which I can invoke via a button on the editors toolbar - and it simply returns the content I selected.
    I'm just thinking about it - but I guess using the editor's showExternalDialog this is much easier - and it stays also maintainable.

    I was just hoping there is a (overseen by me) way to group snippets like with hyperlinks or to have multiple snippets.

    Anyhow thank you for your help

    Manfred
  7. Rumen
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    Posted 05 May 2009 Link to this post

    Hi ManniAT,

    For the time being the snippets could not be grouped as the links in the custom links dropdown.

    I agree with you that for your multiple editor's scenario it will be much easier to implement a custom dialog instead of implementing the solution provided in the KB article.

    Kind regards,
    Rumen
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  8. Michael
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    Posted 12 Sep 2012 Link to this post

    Hi guys,

    I know this is an old post but I just had a similar requirement and was searching for this. I couldn't find any other posts and figured I might as well post a resolution for this here to help anyone looking for it in the future.

    You can use this post:
    http://www.telerik.com/support/kb/aspnet-ajax/editor/integrating-radtreeview-in-a-custom-dropdown-of-radeditor-v5-x-v7-x-radeditor-for-asp-net-ajax.aspx
    to see how you can insert a custom button that displays a treeview.

    You will need to add items in your treeview with the appropriate text to display and value to paste when you click it. I want mine organized into folders and files to be able to easily change them in the future. So what I did is have a folder Templates under my website and then have subfolders for the list menu items and text files below them for the treelist items. I have the following code in my code behind to populate them dynamically when the editor is loaded:
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
            // Get folders in the templates path. If none exist then get files
            string[] folderEntries = Directory.GetDirectories(MapPath("Templates"));
            if (folderEntries.Length > 0) {
                foreach (string folderName in folderEntries) {
                    rtvCodeSnippets.Nodes.Add(new RadTreeNode(folderName.Substring(folderName.LastIndexOf("\\") + 1)));
                    int nodeIndex = rtvCodeSnippets.Nodes.Count - 1;
                    string[] fileEntries = Directory.GetFiles(folderName);
                    foreach (string fileName in fileEntries) {
                        try {
                            // Read the file contents
                            StreamReader templateReader = new StreamReader(fileName);
                            string templateContents = templateReader.ReadToEnd();
                            templateReader.Close();
                            string templateName = fileName;
                            if (templateName.LastIndexOf("\\") > 0) {
                                templateName = templateName.Substring(templateName.LastIndexOf("\\") + 1);
                            }
                            if (templateName.LastIndexOf(".") > 0) {
                                templateName = templateName.Substring(0, templateName.LastIndexOf("."));
                            }
                            // Add it in the snippets (key is the filename and value is the contents)
                            rtvCodeSnippets.Nodes[nodeIndex].Nodes.Add(new RadTreeNode(templateName, templateContents));
                        }
                        catch {
                        }
                    }
                }
    }


    Finally you'll need to change the HandleClick function from the provided Telerik link above a little bit as in the code snippet below (essentially it only changes the pasteHtml line):
    function HandleClick(sender, args) {
        var treeDiv = document.getElementById("treeDiv");
        var editor = treeDiv.RadEditor;
        if (treeDiv.RestorePoint) treeDiv.RestorePoint.select();
        editor.pasteHtml(args.get_node().get_value());
        treeDiv.style.display = "none";
    }

    It looks like the attached image in the end (I have scratched most options to protect client privacy) and when you select an option the contents of the appropriate file are inserted in your editor.

  9. Rumen
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    Posted 12 Sep 2012 Link to this post

    Hi,

    If you would like you can describe your scenario and post your solution in Telerik code library section. You should prepare a fully runnable and complete project and attach it. We will test and approve it and award you with Telerik points for your effort and work.

    Kind regards,
    Rumen
    the Telerik team
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