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Programmatically edit Wrapper DIV classes?

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

Hey folks,

I'm working on a custom grid building component. The problem I'm having is that the wrapper div is negatively effecting my ability to build columns (the columns set a width of the parent, but on the author this looks weird, because the column's parent is actually the wrapper, not the row element)

I know I can remove the wrapper, but then the column isn't editable, which won't work for me. I know I could use the cq:htmlTag node to edit the tag, class and id - but because the size of the column is author-able, I need a way from the java side to add a class to the wrapper.

Any ideas or an alternate suggestion?

Thanks!

18 Replies
smacdonald2008
Level 10
Level 10

Veena Vikraman  wrote a similar component that uses Sling Models and HTL for a grid component that is authored - Creating a custom Touch UI Grid Component for Adobe Experience Manager

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

We're trying to implement a solution a bit more dynamic than this to allow grids to be more freely authored. I think we'd still like to see if there's a way to programmatically change the wrapper classes for a component OR use a component's HTL to include another component that has it's dialog as still being author-able.

smacdonald2008
Level 10
Level 10

The only think i can think of is adding more sizes to the dialog and then having the back end Java ColumnControl code render those sizes.

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

No - just the classes the wrapper component writes; but I need to be able to change them dynamically.

smacdonald2008
Level 10
Level 10

I am not aware of an AEM specific API to change the DIV classes other then standard JS

html - Change an element's class with JavaScript - Stack Overflow

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

Ok - Is there a way to include a component (parent) in another component (child) and have the child component's dialog and parsys still work?

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

The problem with that is that if we hide the wrapper completely; then the dialog doesn't work 😕

Also - I've tried `.getOptions(getRequest(), true).getCssClassNames().add("TEST_CELL");` for IncludeOptions and it doesn't seem to work.

Arun_Patidar
Community Advisor
Community Advisor

HI,

I tried above code in AEM 6.3, it does work but it does allow you to add extra decorative tag. I won't let you to add class.

Component jsp file -

<%@page session="false"%><%@ page import="com.day.cq.wcm.foundation.Placeholder,com.day.cq.wcm.api.components.IncludeOptions" %>

<%@include file="/libs/foundation/global.jsp"%>

<%

   IncludeOptions opts = IncludeOptions.getOptions(request, true);

   opts.setDecorationTagName("");

%>

Output with opts.setDecorationTagName(""); and opts.setDecorationTagName("arun-test");

Screenshot 2018-10-19 at 10.58.27 PM.png

Screenshot 2018-10-19 at 10.56.37 PM.png

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

Arun - yes; you can change the tag name, but I'm looking to change the name of the classes. Also - as I understand it, if you ​remove the tag, then the component becomes un-editable.

smacdonald2008
Level 10
Level 10

This looks like a complicated way to build a custom grid. A much better way is to expand the SLing Model Java code based on Veena's grid example that i listed above. Then give the author choices in the dialog. You should not have to modify/hack wrapper classes to change the grid.

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

Yeah - we have something very similar to that and the issue is that modern responsive grid systems allow you to do things like reorder columns at different breakpoints or change the size of columns at breakpoints, ect... Our design folks are asking for a level of flexibility we need to find a way to provide.

So having fixed patterns for columns isn't going to work for us; we're trying to create a component that lets us define a 'row' component and then a 'column' component - but wrappers create a problem for how styles interact with one another.

smacdonald2008
Level 10
Level 10

So when created propely - an author can choose the number of columns in the grid, etc.

GridDialog.png

smacdonald2008
Level 10
Level 10

Have you tired to find a solution for this using BOOTStrap and modifying the DOM outside of AEM?

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

So - we don't use Bootstrap; but that being said, most grid systems rely on parents and children to define a container

This is how most systems work:

<div class="grid"> = could be 100% width of the page

     <div class="row-6">This is a six column row</div> = could be 50% width of the row

     <div class="row-3">This is a three column row</div> = could be 30% width of the row

     <div class="row-2">This is a two column row</div> = could be 20% width of the row

     <div class="row-1">This is a one column row</div> = could be 10% width of the row

</div>

In AEM, this looks like:

<div class="grid-wrapper section cq-Editable-dom">

     <div class="grid"> = could be 100% width of the grid-wrapper

          <div class="row-wrapper section cq-Editable-dom">

              <div class="row-6">This is a six column row</div> = this is now 50% of the row-wrapper, not the grid

          </div>

          <div class="row-wrapper section cq-Editable-dom">

               <div class="row-3">This is a three column row</div> = this is now 30% of the row-wrapper, not the grid

          </div>

          <div class="row-wrapper section cq-Editable-dom">

               <div class="row-2">This is a two column row</div> = this is now 20% of the row-wrapper, not the grid

          </div>

          <div class="row-wrapper section cq-Editable-dom">

               <div class="row-1">This is a one column row</div> = this is now 10% of the row-wrapper, not the grid

          </div>

     </div>

</div>

I want to bubble up our row size classes to the wrapper level, but I need to be able to edit the wrapper classes programatically.

ronaldd85054752
Level 2
Level 2

Handling this on the front end is incorrect, IMHO because it'll cause a shift in layout as the page loads. It's worthwhile to note that this is mainly an issue in the author because we don't display the wrappers on the publisher and on; so given that, I guess we could use JS to 'shim' this for the author env - but given the author looks at the page DOM to setup the areas for the authoring interface, I wonder if this will cause issues...