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From "Guillermo Meyer" <>
Subject RE: Tiles and website skinnability
Date Wed, 18 Feb 2004 11:24:17 GMT
You can use Xkins to add skins to the website while still using tiles
You can use XkinsForms tags or create your own taglibs and use xkins to
generate HTML.
You can use css with Xkins, and each skin can have it's own path for
it's css:

For example, if you have this css files in your webapp structure: 

And you have this Xkin definition
	<skin name="skin1" url="/skins/skin1">
		<path name="css" url="/css"/>
		<template name="stylesheet">
				<link rel='STYLESHEET'
			<element name="stylesheet" path="css"

	<!-- extends skin1 and only overrides skin url-->
	<skin name="skin2" url="/skins/skin2" extends="skin1"/>

	<!-- extends skin1 and overrides skin url, css-path url and
stylesheet template element url -->
	<skin name="skin3" url="/skins/skin3" extends="skin1">
		<path name="css" url="/css-styles"/>
		<template name="stylesheet">
			<element name="stylesheet" path="css"

In your JSP you can insert the CSS reference according to the user skin:

<%@ taglib uri="/WEB-INF/tld/xkins.tld" prefix="xkin" %>
<xkin:template name="stylesheet"/>

If user has selected skin2, the following html code will be produced:

<link rel='STYLESHEET' href='/skins/skin2/css/styles.css'></link>

If you use Xkins just for this, you can win in organization of your
urls, files, etc. But you can do the same thing to produce different
tables, frames, buttons, titles, etc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kunal H. Parikh [] 
Sent: Martes, 17 de Febrero de 2004 10:18 p.m.
To: 'Struts Users Mailing List'
Subject: Tiles and website skinnability

Hi All!

I am attempting to "tile" my website.

However, I have a need to skin websites based on varied requirements,
wherein, the "layout" of the site remains the same, with the exception
of the graphics.

What I additionally need to do, is call a different style sheet based on
the URL.

Can someone throw some light in this area ?



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