Am 27.05.2008 um 16:48 schrieb Philipp von Weitershausen:

Right. This will look up the 'detail.html' view for (context, request). Now it depends on what layers the request has applied to. Unless you've changed anything in the default skin configuration, it will have Zope's default skin. Since the 'detail.html' view above wasn't registered for the default layer but for soemthing else, it's not found.

is fine with /++skin++charlie/@@detail.html

Yup, because if you don't specificy a layer explicitly, <browser:page /> will register a view for IDefaultBrowserLayer. Your charlie skin probably inherits from IDefaultBrowserLayer (either directly or indirectly). That's why this works.

Of course, this ties in with what I get from Zope - that the adapter can't be found. I suspect I've misunderstood something fundamental on how views work with layers.

My book has a large section devoted to this. :)

I know. You're book is probably the most referred to technical book I have! Very lucky that it was released as hard back. I've read the section a couple of times and while I think I understand the underlying mechanism...

What I think is still confusing me is:
1) I have created my dedicated skin
2) I have registered a view for that skin

I assumed that by registering the view for the skin, the view would automatically use the right layer when called. The effect being much the same as a customised view in a CMF layer: higher up the chain takes precedence. But it seems that this is not the case: unless it is set otherwise Zope will use the default skin. Is it possible to get individual views to use different skins without using ++skin++ in the URL?

Regarding CMFDefault - all views are registered explicitly for ICMFDefaultSkin but I think this isn't necessary as this is configured as the default skin.

No, it *is* necessary, because the default skin can always change. In fact, nearly every application (in the Zope 3 world) sets the default skin (otherwise you'd need those hideous ++skin++ things in all URLs).

Also, by explicitly putting all views on the ICMFDefaultSkin layer, those views are only there if your skin interface inherits from ICMFDefaultSkin. Which means you can easily "switch off" those CMF views by not including ICMFDefaultSkin. For some people this is an important use case.

Wouldn't that raise an error on startup if ICMFDefaultSkin isn't found? Or how do you "not include" ICMFDefaultSkin? Using overrides?

Thanks for the help.


PS: in your book the appendix to ZCML browser:defaultSkin says "see browser:skin". This has been deprecated, I think.

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