Simplifying allowed content types in Editor Descriptor

Update 2: About a week I noticed that this functionality already exists according to Linus Ekström. But you can take this example on how to simplify attributes with UI hints and being able to read information directly from the Content Type.

Update: Updated to correct code

One of the new things in EPiServer 7.5 is the ability to restrict available content in ContentAreas (and similar Properties). A great way that prevents content to be dragged to a ContentArea compared to the validator option that is common in EPiServer 7 and 7.1 sites.

EPiServer developer Ben McKernan has written a blog post about this.

I’ve simplified this to make it easier for a developer to understand the purpose of the Editor Descriptor and being able to control exactly which types that are allowed from the Content Type.

Cut to the code!

This is how it will look on the accual Content Type when adding a ContentArea Property:

public virtual ContentArea StandardPages { get; set; }

The code for the AllowedContentTypes attribute looks like this:

[AttributeUsage(AttributeTargets.Property | AttributeTargets.Field, AllowMultiple = true)]
public class AllowedContentTypesAttribute : UIHintAttribute
  public AllowedContentTypesAttribute(params Type[] types) : base("AllowedContentTypes")
    this.Types = types;

  public Type[] Types { get; set; }

And the code for the Editor Descriptor – this is a merge between Ben’s code and the original ContentArea Editor Descriptor from the EPiServer.Cms.Shell.UI assembly.

[EditorDescriptorRegistration(TargetType = typeof(ContentArea), UIHint = "AllowedContentTypes")]
public class AllowedContentTypes : EditorDescriptor
  public AllowedContentTypes()
    this.ClientEditingClass = "epi-cms.contentediting.editors.ContentAreaEditor";
    this.OverlayConfiguration.Add("customType", "epi-cms.widget.overlay.ContentArea");

  public override void ModifyMetadata(ExtendedMetadata metadata, IEnumerable attributes)
    base.ModifyMetadata(metadata, attributes);

    var attribute = metadata.Attributes.OfType<AllowedContentTypesAttribute>().SingleOrDefault();
    if (attribute != null)
      this.AllowedTypes = attribute.Types;

    metadata.OverlayConfiguration["customType"] = (object)"epi-cms.widget.overlay.ContentArea";
    metadata.CustomEditorSettings["converter"] = (object)"epi-cms.propertycontentarea";

2 thoughts on “Simplifying allowed content types in Editor Descriptor

  1. Jonas Boman says:

    Hej. Får inte det att lira i 7.5

    var attribute = metadata.Attributes.OfType().SingleOrDefault();
    if (attribute != null)
    this.AllowedTypes = attribute.Types;

    Man måste inte typa IEnumerable mot Attribute-objekt i inparametrarna samt i OfType-metoden?

    Vidare ser inte Attribute-objeketet ha någon Types property så det kanske är fel ändå.

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