[pmwiki-users] (german) install. problem: SideBar-Handling

Hans design at softflow.co.uk
Sun Mar 12 17:12:59 CST 2006

Sunday, March 12, 2006, 10:53:25 PM, WvL wrote:

> - i edited the default sidebar 'Site.SideBar' and "translated" links as follows:
>   e.g.: [[PmWiki/PmWiki]]  into  [[PmWikiDe/PmWikiDe]]

> After saving, click on [[PmWikiDe/PmWikiDe]] switches from the
> previous (default) sidebar 'Site.SideBar' to (the contents of) 'PmWikiDe.SideBar' ...

> My Remarks/Questions:
> (1) Should "the sidebar" not always/ever belong to group 'Site' ?

If your site is generally in German you may just want to use
Site.SideBar in your German translation (with links pointing to the
German documentation). You would  not need a SideBar page in group
PmWikiDe then. This page comes as part of the
i18n/wikilib.d/PmWikiDe.* (?), so you would need to delete or rename
it in wikilib.d

> (2) Which file/module/setting initiates the switching of the SideBar-group ?

The skin template file: in skin directory: *.tmpl
It usually specifies to load a group's Sidebar if it exists in
preference to Site.SideBar (or Sitegroup.SideBar)

> (3) Generally: what is the recommended concept behind providing pmwiki-Menus/SideBars?
>     Should every group have his own SideBar-page (danger of recursion?)
>     or 1 SideBar-page for all groups?

It is not needed generally, depending on your purposes for the site.
Group specific SideBars can be useful, as the SideBar in the German
group on Pmwiki is useful, but don't take this setup as a model.
So it really depends what the groups are used for, if they should
carry special group-specific menu items.


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