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Fun with data islands

2005-09-13 23:27:00

Besides all the recent work on the Scooby week-view prototype, I also recently got to work on a fun little one-off project that involved a presentation some of the OSAF folks are going to make to the Common Solutions Group.

They wanted a chart-like document that showed the work going on at OSAF, divided into different tracks, and indicating the different phase of development for each track. There was a need to use a lot of expandable (i.e., "Click here to see more ...") text to allow more of the chart to be seen in one eyespan. I learned a new word during the design discussions -- disclosure triangle, which is the little expando-triangle thingie in the Mac OS Finder that you click to see the contents of a folder.

This project turned out to be a great opportunity to play with XML data islands. Since it needed to be a template that non-developers could use, I created a data-source section in XML to hold all the content, and then programmatically built the page from that.

The current version of the code is up on the demo server here.

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