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[las_users] Extreme customization of the current LAS user interface...


I advise you not to spend a great deal of time and effort making customizations of this kind. First of all, there are already extensive facilities built into LAS that allow installers to organize data collections in to arbitrary hierarchies <http://www.ferret.noaa.gov/mail_archives/las_users/fu_2006/msg00083.html> and to create a custom display <http://www.ferret.noaa.gov/mail_archives/las_users/fu_2006/msg00083.html> associated with any or all of the nodes in the hierarchy and automatically display them in neat little blocks of hierarchical text <http://www.ferret.noaa.gov/mail_archives/las_users/fu_2006/msg00083.html>. The GODAE Modeler's Intercomparison <http://www.ferret.noaa.gov/mail_archives/las_users/fu_2006/msg00083.html> site is a good example of how the standard tools can be used to create a highly customized display of both categories (the opening page) and variables (any of the sub-links from the opening page). Before undertaking any modifications to these components make sure it's not already possible to achieve the results you want with these tools.

If it turns out you need even more flexibility, as promised here's some information on how to create more extreme customizations: http://ferret.pmel.noaa.gov/LASdoc/serve/cache/96.html

A final caveat, we're working on a new user interface. When the new version comes out your code will have to be modified to use the classes we create that fish this information directly out of a memory instantiation of the XML config files instead of a mySQL database. We're not trying to preserve the interfaces that interact with the database in the new code that interacts with JDOM XML objects, so you'll have some rewriting to do.


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