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6.3.10 Preview

The preview brick enables the fragment preview in CoreMedia Studio. When opening a content, the editor will see a preview next to the editing fields on the right side of Studio. Install this brick to make sure the preview not only shows the detail view of the content type, but also other predefined views.

Compared to the default preview, the fragment preview displays multiple views of the given content. The different views are rendered as collapsible panels beneath one another. See Figure 6.11, “Example of fragmentPreview Setting Properties” and have a look at an example how to configure which views will be displayed in the fragment preview.

Wireframe for preview on desktop

Figure 6.10.  Wireframe for preview on desktop

Technical Description

As a frontend developer working with FreeMarker templates, the entry point for any site is Page.fragmentPreview.ftl. Per default, this template delegates to Page.ftl, unless another template with the same view overrides this behavior. The Page.fragmentPreview.ftl in the preview brick does exactly this and delegates to *.asPreview.ftl templates instead.

Templates and Parameters
  • Page.fragmentPreview.ftl

  • *.asPreview.ftl

  • Object.multiViewPreview.ftl

These *.asPreview.ftl templates are used to assign a list of views for the corresponding content type and include the provided Object.multiViewPreview.ftl template to render each view in a collapsible panel.

Default views can be configured as follows:

    <#assign defaultViews=[{
      "viewName": "asTeaser",
      "titleKey": "preview_label_teaser"

Alternatively assign views via bp.previewTypes macro, which then returns a list of views configured in Content:

<#assign fragViews=bp.previewTypes(cmpage, self, defaultViews)/>

<@cm.include self=self view="multiViewPreview" params={
  "fragmentViews": fragViews

The bp.previewTypes macro retrieves the preview views of an object based on its content type hierarchy or returns the passed default if no views could be found. These preview views can be changed by setting the fragmentPreview Struct property in a settings content item, which can either be linked to the Linked Settings of the site's root channel or be part of a preview settings json file located in your theme, as recommended. For more information about settings in themes see Section 4.7, “Settings”.

The titleKey property in the Linked Settings and in the example above defines the title of a collapsible panel, displayed in the preview. Since it represents a key, a corresponding entry should be added to a *.properties file located in your theme if it does not already exist in the translations included in the brick.

The viewName property defines the view type in which the object is rendered. For example asHeroBanner. To use the default simply put DEFAULT.

With help of the viewParams property, parameters can be send to the template for further configuration.

Example of fragmentPreview Setting Properties

Figure 6.11. Example of fragmentPreview Setting Properties

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