This is a follow up post on my previous post about a tree-view item picker. Right now, this Tridion GUI extension works well for rich text fields : when you click a button in the ribbon toolbar, you get a popup with a number of keywords, and when the user selects a keyword, some property of that keyword is inserted in the rich text field.
Now, the same functionality had to be achieved for regular text fields. Tridion has a lot functionality available for dealing with RTF fields, but extending this to regular text fields requires some extra custom coding
Myself and fellow MVPs Alex Klok, Angel Puntero and Mihai Cadariu came up with an open source framework for Client-side templating during the recent MVP retreat in Portugal. Apart from giving us the chance to mess around with some fairly new technology I like to think that we were putting some solid thought into an area that I expect to see more and more traction in Tridion implementations in the coming couple of years.
This post talks through my thoughts on why you might want to execute templates in the browser, and describes the elements we pulled together for our framework. Continue reading