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From hls...@apache.org
Subject svn commit: r750100 - /tapestry/tapestry5/trunk/src/site/apt/guide/parameters.apt
Date Wed, 04 Mar 2009 18:56:43 GMT
Author: hlship
Date: Wed Mar  4 18:56:42 2009
New Revision: 750100

URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=750100&view=rev
Log:
TAP5-502: Improve the description of parameter passing and binding in the documentation

Modified:
    tapestry/tapestry5/trunk/src/site/apt/guide/parameters.apt

Modified: tapestry/tapestry5/trunk/src/site/apt/guide/parameters.apt
URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/tapestry/tapestry5/trunk/src/site/apt/guide/parameters.apt?rev=750100&r1=750099&r2=750100&view=diff
==============================================================================
--- tapestry/tapestry5/trunk/src/site/apt/guide/parameters.apt (original)
+++ tapestry/tapestry5/trunk/src/site/apt/guide/parameters.apt Wed Mar  4 18:56:42 2009
@@ -14,7 +14,20 @@
   Parameters are defined by placing a
   {{{../apidocs/org/apache/tapestry5/annotations/Parameter.html}Parameter}} annotation
   onto a private field.
-  
+
+  In Tapestry, a parameter is not a slot into which data is pushed: it is a <connection>
between
+  a field of the component (marked with the @Parameter annotation) and a property or resource
+  of the component's container.  In most simple examples, the container is the page, but
since components
+  can have themselves have templates, sometime the container of a component is another component.
+
+  The connection is called a <binding>. The binding is two-way: the component can read
the bound property
+  by reading its parameter field. Likewise, a component that updates its parameter field
will update
+  the bound property.
+
+  This is important in a lot of cases; for example a TextField component can read <and
update> the property
+  bound to its value parameter. It reads the value when rendering, but updates the value
when
+  the form is submitted.
+
   The component listed below is a looping component; it renders its body
   a number of times, defined by its start and end parameters (which set the boundaries
   of the loop).  The component can update a value parameter bound to a property of its container,
@@ -138,8 +151,16 @@
 | var        | Allows a render variable of the component to be read or updated.         
       |
 *------------+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
 
+
+  Most of these binding prefixes allow parameters to be bound to read-only values; for instance
+  a parameter bound to "message:some-key" will see the message for "some-key" from its container's
+  message catalog in the field. If the component tries to update the parameter (by setting
the value
+  of the field), a runtime exception will be thrown to indicate that the value is read-only.
+
+  Only prop: and var: binding prefixes are updateable.
+
   Parameters have a default prefix, usually "prop:", that is used when the prefix is not
provided.
-  
+
   A <special prefix>, "inherit:", is used to support {{{#Inherited Parameter Bindings}Inherted
Parameter Bindings}}.
 
 Render Variables
@@ -252,8 +273,8 @@
 ---
 
   Tapestry will adjust the URL of the image so that it is processed by Tapestry, not the
servlet container.
-  It will gain a URL that includes the applications version number, it will have a far-future
expires header,
-  and (if the client supports it) it will be compressed before being sent to the client.
+  It will gain a URL that includes the application's version number, it will have a far-future
expires header,
+  and (if the client supports it) its content will be compressed before being sent to the
client.
 
 Supporting Informal Parameters
 
@@ -500,7 +521,7 @@
   In Tapestry 5.1, you may use the publishParameters attribute of the
   {{{../../apidocs/org/apache/tapestry5/annotations/Component.html}Component}}} annotation.
List one
   or more parameters seperated by commas: those parameters of the inner/embedded component
become
-  parameters of the outer component.  You should not define a parameter field in the outer
component.
+  parameters of the outer component.  You should <<not>> define a parameter field
in the outer component.
 
   There are still cases where you want to use the "inherit:" binding prefix. For example,
if you have
   several components that need to share a parameter, then you must do it the Tapestry 5.0
way: a true parameter



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