Changes between Version 4 and Version 5 of TracInterfaceCustomization


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    1 = Customizing the Trac Interface =
     1= Customizing the Trac Interface
     2
    23[[TracGuideToc]]
    34[[PageOutline]]
    45
    5 == Introduction ==
    6 This page is meant to give users suggestions on how they can customize the look of Trac.  Topics on this page cover editing the HTML templates and CSS files, but not the program code itself.  The topics are intended to show users how they can modify the look of Trac to meet their specific needs.  Suggestions for changes to Trac's interface applicable to all users should be filed as tickets, not listed on this page.
    7 
    8 == Project Logo and Icon ==
    9 The easiest parts of the Trac interface to customize are the logo and the site icon.  Both of these can be configured with settings in [wiki:TracIni trac.ini].
    10 
    11 The logo or icon image should be put in a folder named "htdocs" in your project's environment folder.  (''Note: in projects created with a Trac version prior to 0.9 you will need to create this folder'')
    12 
    13  ''Note: you can actually put the logo and icon anywhere on your server (as long as it's accessible through the web server), and use their absolute or server-relative URLs in the configuration.''
     6== Introduction
     7
     8This page gives suggestions on how to customize the look of Trac. Topics include editing the HTML templates and CSS files, but not the program code itself. The topics show users how they can modify the look of Trac to meet their specific needs. Suggestions for changes to Trac's interface applicable to all users should be filed as tickets, not listed on this page.
     9
     10== Project Logo and Icon
     11
     12The easiest parts of the Trac interface to customize are the logo and the site icon. Both of these can be configured with settings in [wiki:TracIni trac.ini].
     13
     14The logo or icon image should be put in a folder named "htdocs" in your project's environment folder. ''Note: in projects created with a Trac version prior to 0.9 you will need to create this folder''.
     15
     16 '''Note''': you can actually put the logo and icon anywhere on your server (as long as it's accessible through the web server), and use their absolute or server-relative URLs in the configuration.
    1417
    1518Now configure the appropriate section of your [wiki:TracIni trac.ini]:
    1619
    17 === Logo ===
    18 Change the `src` setting to `site/` followed by the name of your image file.  The `width` and `height` settings should be modified to match your image's dimensions (the Trac chrome handler uses "`site/`" for files within the project directory `htdocs`, and "`common/`" for the common `htdocs` directory belonging to a Trac installation). Note that 'site/' is not a placeholder for your project name, it is the actual prefix that should be used (literally). For example, if your project is named 'sandbox', and the image file is 'red_logo.gif' then the 'src' setting would be 'site/red_logo.gif', not 'sandbox/red_logo.gif'.
    19 
    20 {{{
     20=== Logo
     21
     22Change the `src` setting to `site/` followed by the name of your image file. The `width` and `height` settings should be modified to match your image's dimensions. The Trac chrome handler uses "`site/`" for files within the project directory `htdocs`, and "`common/`" for the common `htdocs` directory belonging to a Trac installation. Note that 'site/' is not a placeholder for your project name, it is the literal prefix that should be used. For example, if your project is named 'sandbox', and the image file is 'red_logo.gif' then the 'src' setting would be 'site/red_logo.gif', not 'sandbox/red_logo.gif'.
     23
     24{{{#!ini
    2125[header_logo]
    2226src = site/my_logo.gif
     
    2630}}}
    2731
    28 === Icon ===
    29 Icons should be a 32x32 image in `.gif` or `.ico` format.  Change the `icon` setting to `site/` followed by the name of your icon file.  Icons will typically be displayed by your web browser next to the site's URL and in the `Bookmarks` menu.
    30 
    31 {{{
     32=== Icon
     33
     34Icons are small images displayed by your web browser next to the site's URL and in the `Bookmarks` menu. Icons should be a 32x32 image in `.gif` or `.ico` format. Change the `icon` setting to `site/` followed by the name of your icon file:
     35
     36{{{#!ini
    3237[project]
    3338icon = site/my_icon.ico
    3439}}}
    3540
    36 Note though that this icon is ignored by Internet Explorer, which only accepts a file named ``favicon.ico`` at the root of the host. To make the project icon work in both IE and other browsers, you can store the icon in the document root of the host, and reference it from ``trac.ini`` as follows:
    37 
    38 {{{
    39 [project]
    40 icon = /favicon.ico
    41 }}}
    42 
    43 Should your browser have issues with your favicon showing up in the address bar, you may put a "?" (less the quotation marks) after your favicon file extension.
    44 
    45 {{{
    46 [project]
    47 icon = /favicon.ico?
    48 }}}
    49 
    50 == Custom Navigation Entries ==
    51 The new [mainnav] and [metanav] can now be used to customize the text and link used for the navigation items, or even to disable them (but not for adding new ones).
    52 
    53 In the following example, we rename the link to the Wiki start "Home", and hide the "!Help/Guide". We also make the "View Tickets" entry link to a specific report .
    54 {{{
     41== Custom Navigation Entries
     42
     43The new [mainnav] and [metanav] can now be used to customize the text and link used for the navigation items, or even to disable them, but not for adding new ones.
     44
     45In the following example, we rename the link to the Wiki start "Home", and hide the "!Help/Guide". We also make the "View Tickets" entry link to a specific report:
     46{{{#!ini
    5547[mainnav]
    5648wiki.label = Home
     
    6557== Site Appearance == #SiteAppearance
    6658
    67 Trac is using [http://genshi.edgewall.org Genshi] as the templating engine. Documentation is yet to be written, in the meantime the following tip should work.
    68 
    69 Say you want to add a link to a custom stylesheet, and then your own
    70 header and footer. Save the following content as `site.html` inside your projects `templates/` directory (each Trac project can have their own `site.html`), e.g. {{{/path/to/env/templates/site.html}}}:
    71 
    72 {{{
    73 #!xml
     59Trac is using [http://genshi.edgewall.org Genshi] as the templating engine. Say you want to add a link to a custom stylesheet, and then your own header and footer. Save the following content as `site.html` inside your projects `templates/` directory (each Trac project can have their own `site.html`), eg `/path/to/env/templates/site.html`:
     60
     61{{{#!xml
    7462<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"
    7563      xmlns:py="http://genshi.edgewall.org/"
     
    7967  <head py:match="head" py:attrs="select('@*')">
    8068    ${select('*|comment()|text()')}
    81     <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"
    82           href="${href.chrome('site/style.css')}" />
     69    <link rel="stylesheet" href="${href.chrome('site/style.css')}" />
    8370  </head>
    8471
     
    9986}}}
    10087
    101 Those who are familiar with XSLT may notice that Genshi templates bear some similarities. However, there are some Trac specific features - for example `${href.chrome('site/style.css')}` attribute references a CSS file placed into environment's `htdocs/` directory. In a similar fashion `${chrome.htdocs_location}` is used to specify the common `htdocs/` directory belonging to a Trac installation. That latter location can however be overriden using the [[TracIni#trac-config|[trac] htdocs_location]] configuration setting.
    102 
    103 `site.html` is one file to contain all your modifications. It usually works using the `py:match` directive (element or attribute), and it allows you to modify the page as it renders - the matches hook onto specific sections depending on what it tries to find
    104 and modify them.
     88Notice that XSLT bears some similarities with Genshi templates. However, there are some Trac specific features, for example the `${href.chrome('site/style.css')}` attribute references `style.css` in the environment's `htdocs/` directory. In a similar fashion `${chrome.htdocs_location}` is used to specify the common `htdocs/` directory belonging to a Trac installation. That latter location can however be overriden using the [[TracIni#trac-section|[trac] htdocs_location]] configuration setting.
     89
     90`site.html` is one file to contain all your modifications. It usually works using the `py:match` directive (element or attribute), and it allows you to modify the page as it renders. The matches hook onto specific sections depending on what it tries to find and modify them.
    10591See [http://groups.google.com/group/trac-users/browse_thread/thread/70487fb2c406c937/ this thread] for a detailed explanation of the above example `site.html`.
    10692A `site.html` can contain any number of such `py:match` sections for whatever you need to modify. This is all Genshi, so the [http://genshi.edgewall.org/wiki/Documentation/xml-templates.html docs on the exact syntax] can be found there.
    107 
    10893
    10994Example snippet of adding introduction text to the new ticket form (but not shown during preview):
     
    124109Example snippets for `style.css` can be found at [trac:wiki:CookBook/SiteStyleCss CookBook/SiteStyleCss].
    125110
    126 If the environment is upgraded from 0.10 and a `site_newticket.cs` file already exists, it can actually be loaded by using a workaround - providing it contains no ClearSilver processing. In addition, as only one element can be imported, the content needs some sort of wrapper such as a `<div>` block or other similar parent container. The XInclude namespace must be specified to allow includes, but that can be moved to document root along with the others:
    127 {{{
    128 #!xml
     111If the environment is upgraded from 0.10 and a `site_newticket.cs` file already exists, it can be loaded using a workaround - providing it contains no [trac:ClearSilver] processing. In addition, as only one element can be imported, the content needs some sort of wrapper such as a `<div>` block or other similar parent container. The XInclude namespace must be specified to allow includes, but that can be moved to document root along with the others:
     112{{{#!xml
    129113<form py:match="div[@id='content' and @class='ticket']/form" py:attrs="select('@*')"
    130114        xmlns:xi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XInclude">
     
    136120}}}
    137121
    138 Also note that the `site.html` (despite its name) can be put in a common templates directory - see the [[TracIni#inherit-section|[inherit] templates_dir]] option. This could provide easier maintainence (and a migration path from 0.10 for larger installations) as one new global `site.html` file can be made to include any existing header, footer and newticket snippets.
     122Also note that the `site.html`, despite its name, can be put in a shared templates directory, see the [[TracIni#inherit-section|[inherit] templates_dir]] option. This could provide easier maintainence (and a migration path from 0.10 for larger installations) as one new global `site.html` file can be made to include any existing header, footer and newticket snippets.
    139123
    140124== Project List == #ProjectList
     
    142126You can use a custom Genshi template to display the list of projects if you are using Trac with multiple projects. 
    143127
    144 The following is the basic template used by Trac to display a list of links to the projects.  For projects that could not be loaded it displays an error message. You can use this as a starting point for your own index template.
    145 
    146 {{{
    147 #!text/html
     128The following is the basic template used by Trac to display a list of links to the projects. For projects that could not be loaded, it displays an error message. You can use this as a starting point for your own index template:
     129
     130{{{#!text/html
    148131<!DOCTYPE html
    149132    PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
     
    173156
    174157For [wiki:TracModWSGI mod_wsgi]:
    175 {{{
     158{{{#!python
    176159os.environ['TRAC_ENV_INDEX_TEMPLATE'] = '/path/to/template.html'
    177160}}}
    178161
    179162For [wiki:TracFastCgi FastCGI]:
    180 {{{
     163{{{#!apache
    181164FastCgiConfig -initial-env TRAC_ENV_PARENT_DIR=/parent/dir/of/projects \
    182165              -initial-env TRAC_ENV_INDEX_TEMPLATE=/path/to/template
     
    184167
    185168For [wiki:TracModPython mod_python]:
    186 {{{
     169{{{#!apache
    187170PythonOption TracEnvParentDir /parent/dir/of/projects
    188171PythonOption TracEnvIndexTemplate /path/to/template
     
    190173
    191174For [wiki:TracCgi CGI]:
    192 {{{
     175{{{#!apache
    193176SetEnv TRAC_ENV_INDEX_TEMPLATE /path/to/template
    194177}}}
     
    196179For [wiki:TracStandalone], you'll need to set up the `TRAC_ENV_INDEX_TEMPLATE` environment variable in the shell used to launch tracd:
    197180 - Unix
    198    {{{
    199 #!sh
     181   {{{#!sh
    200182$ export TRAC_ENV_INDEX_TEMPLATE=/path/to/template
    201183   }}}
    202184 - Windows
    203    {{{
    204 #!sh
     185   {{{#!sh
    205186$ set TRAC_ENV_INDEX_TEMPLATE=/path/to/template
    206187   }}}
    207188
    208 == Project Templates ==
    209 
    210 The appearance of each individual Trac environment (that is, instance of a project) can be customized independently of other projects, even those hosted by the same server. The recommended way is to use a `site.html` template (see [#SiteAppearance]) whenever possible. Using `site.html` means changes are made to the original templates as they are rendered, and you should not normally need to redo modifications whenever Trac is upgraded. If you do make a copy of `theme.html` or any other Trac template, you need to migrate your modifiations to the newer version - if not, new Trac features or bug fixes may not work as expected.
    211 
    212 With that word of caution, any Trac template may be copied and customized. The default Trac templates are located inside the installed Trac egg (`/usr/lib/pythonVERSION/site-packages/Trac-VERSION.egg/trac/templates, .../trac/ticket/templates, .../trac/wiki/templates, ++`). The [#ProjectList] template file is called `index.html`, while the template responsible for main layout is called `theme.html`. Page assets such as images and CSS style sheets are located in the egg's `trac/htdocs` directory.
    213 
    214 However, do not edit templates or site resources inside the Trac egg - installing Trac again can completely delete your modifications. Instead use one of two alternatives:
     189== Project Templates
     190
     191The appearance of each individual Trac environment, ie instance of a project, can be customized independently of other projects, even those hosted on the same server. The recommended way is to use a `site.html` template (see [#SiteAppearance]) whenever possible. Using `site.html` means changes are made to the original templates as they are rendered, and you should not normally need to redo modifications whenever Trac is upgraded. If you do make a copy of `theme.html` or any other Trac template, you need to migrate your modifiations to the newer version. If not, new Trac features or bug fixes may not work as expected.
     192
     193With that word of caution, any Trac template may be copied and customized. The default Trac templates are located inside the installed Trac egg (`/usr/lib/pythonVERSION/site-packages/Trac-VERSION.egg/trac/templates, .../trac/ticket/templates, .../trac/wiki/templates, ...`). The [#ProjectList] template file is called `index.html`, while the template responsible for main layout is called `theme.html`. Page assets such as images and CSS style sheets are located in the egg's `trac/htdocs` directory.
     194
     195However, do not edit templates or site resources inside the Trac egg. Reinstalling Trac overwrites your modifications. Instead use one of these alternatives:
    215196 * For a modification to one project only, copy the template to project `templates` directory.
    216  * For a modification shared by several projects, copy the template to a shared location and have each project point to this location using the `[inherit] templates_dir =` trac.ini option.
     197 * For a modification shared by several projects, copy the template to a shared location and have each project point to this location using the `[inherit] templates_dir` trac.ini option.
    217198
    218199Trac resolves requests for a template by first looking inside the project, then in any inherited templates location, and finally inside the Trac egg.
    219200
    220 Trac caches templates in memory by default to improve performance. To apply a template you need to restart the server.
     201Trac caches templates in memory by default to improve performance. To apply a template you need to restart the web server.
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