Creating OpenCms 8 Container Templates (Part 1)

Track: Workshop
Speaker: Tobias Herrmann (Alkacon Software GmbH)

Abstract

In part 1 of his session, Tobias did introduce the most important new concepts in the OpenCms template system. These concepts are probably the most important advancements in OpenCms 8.

At the heart of OpenCms 8 new Advanced Direct Edit functionality lays the "Container Page", a XML Content based data structure that provides a standard mechanism that allows developers to easily create configurable websites with custom HTML.

To display content in a Container Page, “Formatters” are used that render the HTML for a specific content item. There can be several Formatters for the same item that allow different output formatting, for example one for a small side column and one for a wider page body.

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