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  • rweiser

    Form to set conref – "read-only" node

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    We have a client that makes heavy use of elements as “variables”. They insert a almost every other sentence that conrefs a value from a Variables file that they use to help maintain consistency in product names, etc.

    To help ease this process, I've used the XMetaL Form Layout Tool to create a form that is displayed in place of keywords. The form consists of a simple dropdown populated with their full list of possible variables. When they select a value, the OnXftPutFormToDoc method takes the selected value, constructs a conref value out of it, and then sets the conref attributes on the current node.

    All works as expected, EXCEPT that if I “Refresh All References” (F11), though the value is correctly retrieved and displayed, any further attempts to change the selection in the dropdown are met with the message that “Error: this node is read-only” (http://cl.ly/2a3m3Y0e3G3y352T0z0e).

    It seems that having XMetaL resolve the reference causes the node with the conref to become read-only, and I can then no longer reset the conref.

    Any ideas on how to get around this?

    FYI – I'm using XMetaL 5.5, and here's the method in question:

    function TheView_OnXftPutFormToDoc(domNode) {
    var conref = variablesFilePath + "#variables/" + ComboBox1.XmlValue;

    if (!domNode.attributes.getNamedItem("conref")) {
            var conrefAttribute = ActiveDocument.createAttribute("conref");
            conrefAttribute.Value = conref;
    } else {
    domNode.attributes.getNamedItem("conref").Value = conref;

    Thanks in advance,
    Reuven Weiser
    Suite Solutions


    Derek Read

    Reply to: Form to set conref – "read-only" node

    If you have not already done so please contact Partner Support about this.

    It is best not to discuss partner-related support issues on the forum (ie: making modifications to the product that JustSystems does not officially support) as it can lead to misunderstandings with clients.


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