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Product type extensions

Sep 9, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Hello all,

I'm completely new to this awesome project. There's a few things about products that I'd like somebody to clarify please, since the documentation is a little short.

Firstly, is there a way to change the "Short Description" editor to a control that accepts HTML? It's really annoying to have to type the HTML tags in the description of the product without a proper preview. And it's all done in one short line to boot. Plus, this description is meant to be filled by an HTML-illiterate person, not me. I suspect that one could do this by modifying the editProduct.ascx file in the CommerceForUmbraco.userControls project, but a) I'm not too sure about this; and b) I'm a very bad ASP(.net)? v[1-3] programmer (sorry about the regex).

Secondly, and more importantly, I'd like to use this software to create an online shop for a small company that sells books and other retail items. Books are characterised by their ISBN, while the other items (like t-shirts etc) have a Part Number. To this end, I have created the appropriate categories. Is there a way, however, to distinguish the presentation of a product depending on its category? In this way, the user may see a product box which says "ISBN: xxxx" if s/he visits a book, or another product box that says "Part Number: xxxx" if s/he visits a t-shirt or a DVD for instance.

I hope you will excuse me if these questions sound naive, but I'm completely new to this software. Thumbs up for the effort though. It's absolutely awesome!



Sep 9, 2009 at 2:18 PM


In both cases above the solution is simple but you'll need to write a bit of C# ASP.NET code to get it going.

You're correct that you'd need to modify the editProduct.ascx file to get a Rich Text Editor - this is Umbraco specific code so some amount of forethought is in order.

You can easily modify the product display controls to apply a different output depending on product category - this has been intentionally left simple.



Sep 9, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Thanks, Paul, for the quick reply. I'll get my hands dirty implementing the above changes, esp. the rich text editor.

Can I upload patched code in case somebody is interested in these "features"?