[Zope3-Users] z3c.form 1.4.0, z3c.formui 1.1.0, and z3c.formdemo 1.2.0 released!

David Pratt fairwinds at eastlink.ca
Tue Jul 3 08:06:17 EDT 2007

Many thanks Stephan for these great improvements and the new 
functionality. I have been away for a bit since I am taking a bit of a 
break for a month. Could not help checking out the new group demo though 
- its just excellent! The package and demos are truly the kind of help 
that was needed for form development. Your work has brought significant 
clarity and a pattern for something we all have to tackle.

Roger, also wanted to add my congratulations and best wishes on your new 
family member. Children are a wonderful gift.


Stephan Richter wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> again thanks to the great feedback we received -- especially from David Pratt, 
> Roy Mathew, and Joachim Werner -- we were able to fine-tune our new form 
> framework even more to make it as robust of a foundation as possible for your 
> projects! New features include group support, fully internationalized widgets 
> for number and calendar fields, a richer select widget, refined form 
> templates, and of course a new demo!
> BTW, congratulations to Roger who became father for the third time last 
> weekend!
> Again for the curious and impatient ...
> ---------------------------------------
> There is also a new demo, of course! The "Questionnaire" demo provides a form 
> for filling out a simple questionaire about someones Zope community 
> involvement and then provides a very simple results page. Technically this 
> demo (available for the DIV- and Table-based layouts) demonstrates the usage 
> of groups, a new feature of this release, as well as writing attribute value 
> adapters.
> To run the demos do the following::
>   $ svn co svn://svn.zope.org/repos/main/z3c.formdemo/trunk formdemo
>   $ cd formdemo
>   $ python bootstrap.py
>   $ ./bin/buildout -N
>   $ ./bin/demo fg
> Now you can access the demo under:
>   http://localhost:8080/
> On the Javascript Front
> -----------------------
> Paul has made some great progress recently and we have now two demos working, 
> including a fully Javascript-driven calculator. I'll leave it up to Paul to 
> decide whether he wants to make an announcement, but he will be definitely 
> promoting his work at EuroPython!
> <secret>To see the demos: Replace "formdemo" with "formjsdemo" and follow the 
> instructions above.</secret>
> Changes
> -------
> z3c.form
> ~~~~~~~~
> - Feature: The select widget grew a new ``prompt`` flag, which allows you to
>   explicitely request a selection prompt as the first option in the selection
>   (even for required fields). When set, the prompt message is shown. Such a
>   prompt as option is common in Web-UIs.
> - Feature: Allow "no value message" of select widgets to be dynamically
>   changed using an attribute value adapter.
> - Feature: Internationalized data conversion for date, time, date/time,
>   integer, float and decimal. Now the locale data is used to format and parse
>   those data types to provide the bridge to text-based widgets. While those
>   features require the latest zope.i18n package, backward compatibility is
>   provided.
> - Feature: All forms now have an optional label that can be used by the UI.
> - Feature: Implemented groups within forms. Groups allow you to combine a set
>   of fields/widgets into a logical unit. They were designed with ease of use
>   in mind.
> - Feature: Button Actions -- in other words, the widget for the button field
>   -- can now be specified either as the "actionFactory" on the button field or
>   as an adapter.
> - Bug: Recorded all public select-widget attributes in the interface.
> z3c.formui
> ~~~~~~~~~~
> - Feature: Registered all defined macros for each form template. Also, added
>   more slots to the templates providing more hooks for customization.
> - Feature: Added a macro/slot for the "required info", which explains how
>   required fields are marked.
> - Feature: Added support for form labels.
> - Feature: Added support for groups to templates.
> z3c.formdemo
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~
> - Feature: Added new field "promptChoiceField" to the "All Widgets" demo
>   demonstrating the prompt message of the select widget.
> - Feature: Increased the integer default value of "All Widgets" demo to show
>   off our new internationalized converter.
> - Feature: Made ``bytesField`` and ``passwordField`` non-required, since they
>   do not show their default values prohibiting the form to successfully
>   submit, which can be annoying when playing around.
> - Feature: New "Questionnaire" demo shows how to use groups effectively. It
>   also demonstrates how the label of buttons and widgets can be changed using
>   attribute value adapters.
> Enjoy!
> Regards,
> Stephan

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