Orion/Dialog Support

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In Orion 2.0, we no longer rely on the dijit toolkit for our dialog implementations. Instead, we use lightweight Orion constructs and CSS. This document describes how to implement an Orion dialog.

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Dialogs (modal and modeless)

The module "orion/webui/dialog" provides support for dialog behavior. This class defines a lightweight life-cycle for dialogs, provides optional modal behavior, template support, and automatic button creation.

Programming a dialog

Dialogs are implemented as an object which uses the Dialog prototype. By convention, most Orion dialogs define a constructor whose sole parameter is an options object describing how the dialog is to be used. This will be shown in the example code, but keep in mind that the client-facing API of the dialog is completely up to the developer. The main requirement for implementation is that the Dialog prototype be used and the life-cycle methods called appropriately. An example is the best way to demonstrate the behavior.

define(['i18n!orion/widgets/nls/messages','orion/webui/dialog'], 
		function(messages, dialog) {

/* This is the client facing API of OpenResourceDialog.  Up to the developer to decide what this looks like. */

/**
 * Usage: <code>new OpenResourceDialog(options).show();</code>
 * 
 * @name orion.webui.dialogs.OpenResourceDialog
 * @class A dialog that searches for files by name or wildcard.
 * @param {String} [options.title] Text to display in the dialog's titlebar.
 * @param {orion.searchClient.Searcher} options.searcher The searcher to use for displaying results.
 * @param {Function} options.onHide a function to call when the dialog is hidden.  Optional.
 */

function OpenResourceDialog(options) {
	this._init(options);
}
	
/* Use the Dialog prototype to inherit the common dialog behavior.  */
OpenResourceDialog.prototype = new dialog.Dialog();

The Dialog life-cycle

The dialog life-cycle is driven by the client code. The Dialog prototype contains life-cycle methods that must be called by the client to initiate the dialog. The stages of a dialog's life and sample code are as follows:

  • Setting up the dialog template. The dialog's content is described in an HTML string specified in a dialog variable called TEMPLATE. By convention, most Orion dialogs define this variable in-line in the .js file that defines the dialog. Developers who prefer to use separate HTML files may do so using any preferred template/fragment mechanism. The key point is that the HTML is bound to the variable before initiating the dialog creation.

The OpenResourceDialog defines the TEMPLATE in line.

OpenResourceDialog.prototype.TEMPLATE = 
'<div role="search">' + //$NON-NLS-0$
  '<div><label for="fileName">'+messages['Type the name of a file to open (? = any character, * = any string):']+'</label></div>' + //$NON-NLS-1$ //$NON-NLS-0$
  '<div><input id="fileName" type="text" placeholder="'+messages['Search']+'"</input></div>' + //$NON-NLS-1$ //$NON-NLS-0$
  '<div id="crawlingProgress"></div>' + //$NON-NLS-0$
  '<div id="favresults" style="max-height:400px; height:auto; overflow-y:auto;"></div>' + //$NON-NLS-0$
  '<div id="results" style="max-height:400px; height:auto; overflow-y:auto;" aria-live="off"></div>' + //$NON-NLS-0$
  '<div id="statusbar"></div>' + //$NON-NLS-0$
'</div>'; //$NON-NLS-0$
  • Dialog definition and setting up the basic (non-DOM) options. This is driven by the client API. Our convention is to call an internal _init method which reads the client options and sets up any necessary internal state. The last thing to do in this method is to call the Dialog._initialize method. The initialize sequence will look for special variables that drive the behavior of a dialog. For example, a title will cause a title string to appear in the dialog frame. An array of buttons will cause buttons to be created. In this example, we are just setting a title. The rest of the work in here pertains to our specific implementation until we call _initialize.
OpenResourceDialog.prototype._init = function(options) {
	// Set values for things that dialog cares about, such as title.  
	this.title = options.title || messages['Find File Named'];

	// Set internal values, validate the options, etc.
	this._searcher = options.searcher;
	this._onHide = options.onHide;
	this._contentTypeService = new mContentTypes.ContentTypeService(this._searcher.registry);
	if (!this._searcher) {
		throw new Error("Missing required argument: searcher"); //$NON-NLS-0$
	}	
	...

	// If the dialog template is not in the TEMPLATE variable by default, then read the template from a file and set into the variable now.

	// Start the dialog initialization.
	this._initialize();
};
  • Binding to the DOM elements. Hooking events and other behavior that is dependent on the existence of the DOM elements happens in the _bindToDOM method. This method is called by the dialog during the initialization process. When this method is called, you can use the following variables to access the DOM:
    • this.$frameParent refers to the parent node of the entire dialog. This is usually the document body, and typically does not need to be accessed by application dialog code.
    • this.$frame refers to the div element that frames the dialog. This typically does not need to be accessed by application dialogs.
    • this.$parent refers to the div element that parents the client template. Clients may want to refer to this parent when querying the dialog content for a particular node.
    • this.$buttonContainer refers to the div element containing any autogenerated buttons. This won't exist if no buttons were defined.
    • Your content field id's are bound to $ instance variables during the _initialize method. For example:
this.$fileName.addEventListener("input", function() { // do something }, false);

The variable $fileName refers to the DOM node whose id is "fileName". All nodes assigned an id in the template will be bound to a $ variable.

Launching a dialog

More Examples

Popup dialogs

Popup dialogs provide lightweight, tooltip-style dialogs, including automatic dismissal by clicking outside of the dialog.

Programming a popup

Launching a popup

Examples