Fatwire ships with a lot of Attribute Editors, like TextArea, TextField, etc. But sometimes, you may require to create some custom attribute editors.


When the author enters some unwanted value in the attribute field, you may want to display some message, or an alert to the user. In such a case, the system attribute editors will not be helpful. You need to create a custom attribute editor. This is just a weird example. But there might be some serious situations, where you require the usage of custom attribute editors.

To create a custom attribute editor, you need to CREATE two things :

1. The main ELEMENT (CSElement) which defines the behavior of the Attribute Editor.
2. The Attribute Editor XML file, which we generally create in the Administrator UI.

Creation of the CSELEMENT:

Points to be Noted:

1. The name of the ELEMENT (CS-Element) must be the same name, as which we use in the attribute editor code. For example, the following TEXTAREA tag has a default TEXTAREA.xml


<TEXTAREA>        …….     This TEXTAREA refers to the TEXTAREA.XML Element



2. The new ELEMENT must be placed under the following path :


For the sake of simplicity, I would like to Create a custom attribute editor called My_TextField_Editor with the features of TextArea attribute editor, along with my custom changes. Hence, I need copy the features of TEXTAREA attribute editor, and want to add some other features.

So, create a new CS-Element with  OpenMarket/Gator/AttributeTypes/My_TextField_Editor.  (Include your own features along with the TEXTAREA element).

Creation of the Attribute Editor:

Now, that the element is created, we need to create the Attribute Editor.

Create an Attribute Editor with the same name of the ELEMENT, i.e, My_TextField_Editor (in this case).


<<<<<Code for Attribute Editor goes here…>>>>

 <PRESENTATIONOBJECT NAME=”Sample”> <My_TextField_Editor>

</My_TextField_Editor> </PRESENTATIONOBJECT>

<<<<<Code for Attribute Editor goes here…>>>>


That’s it.

Your new CUSTOM ATTRIBUTE EDITOR is created.

Now, To check the attribute editor, create an attribute, include it in a content definition, and then try to create the content. In the content creation screen, the design of the custom attribute editor appears.

  1. Sushanth Reddy says:

    Hi KK, you would have added corresponding changes to be made to presentationobject.dtd and writing its counterpart display element..

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