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Razor Views

Nucleus modules have a Viewer view and a Settings view. Control panel extensions have a Settings view only.

The Viewer view is displayed to end users when they visit a page which contains your module. The Settings view is displayed to users with edit rights to your module when they click Edit Content/Settings or click Edit in the Pages Editor Modules tab or when they access your control panel extension from the Manage or Settings control panel.

Your views can make use of Nucleus view features (tag helpers, html helpers and url helpers) to make it easier to interact with Nucleus.

All parts of Nucleus (including extensions) can use jQuery and Bootstrap.

Settings Views

Settings pages are displayed within the Nucleus administrative user interface. They are Razor views which render partial HTML.

This example is from the Accept Terms module. Some elements have been removed for brevity.

@model Nucleus.Modules.AcceptTerms.ViewModels.Settings
@Html.AddStyle("~!/../settings.css")
@using (Html.BeginNucleusForm("Settings", "AcceptTerms", FormMethod.Post, new { @enctype = "multipart/form-data" }))
{
  <fieldset role="group" aria-labelledby="heading">
    <h2 class="nucleus-control-panel-heading">Settings</h2>
    <SettingsControl caption="Title" helptext="Enter the title for the user agreement.">
      @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.Title, new {  })
    </SettingsControl>

    <div class="nucleus-flex-fields">
      <SettingsControl caption="Accept Button Text" helptext="Enter the text for the accept button.">
        @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.AcceptText, new { })
      </SettingsControl>

      <SettingsControl caption="Cancel Button Text" helptext="Enter the text for the cancel button.">
        @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.CancelText, new { })
      </SettingsControl>
    </div>

    <div class="Tools">
      @Html.SubmitButton("", "Save Settings", 
        @Url.NucleusAction("SaveSettings", "AcceptTermsAdmin", "AcceptTerms"), 
        new { @class = "btn btn-primary" })
    </div>
  </fieldset>
}

Adding stylesheets

Use the AddStyle Html helper to add styles to your module output. By using AddStyle, Nucleus can add your styles in the Html <head> element, can merge style sheets, and will use the minified versions of your style sheets when configured to do so.

@Html.AddStyle("~!/../settings.css")

The AddStyle Html helper recognizes special value prefixes in your script path. The ~! prefix represents the currently executing view path, and ~# represents the root path for the currently executing extension (/extensions/your-extension).

Headings

In a =Settings view, the contents of any header element with the class nucleus-modal-caption are copied to the header of the modal dialog which is displayed to contain your settings view, and is then removed from the document.

<h1 class="nucleus-modal-caption">Documents Settings</h1>

BeginNucleusForm

The BeginNucleusForm Html helper is similar to the asp.net BeginForm Html helper. It creates a <form> tag which routes to an extension controller action (that is, the form has a formaction attribute which starts with /extensions/your-extension).

@using (Html.BeginNucleusForm("Settings", "AcceptTerms", FormMethod.Post, new { @enctype = "multipart/form-data" }))
{
  <fieldset role="group" aria-labelledby="heading">
    /* your editor page controls */
  </fieldset>
}

In the example above, we are using the BeginNucleusForm overload which does not require an extension name. The name of the currently executing extension is used. If you want to specify the extension name, there are other BeginNucleusForm overloads which allow you to do so.

SettingsControl tag helper

The <SettingsControl> tag helper wraps your control with standardized markup which renders a title and popup help text. Using the <SettingsControl> tag helper is a good way to keep your settings view presentation consistent with the rest of the Nucleus administration user interface.

<SettingsControl caption="Title" helptext="Enter the title for the user agreement.">
  @Html.TextBoxFor(model => model.Title, new {  })
</SettingsControl>

data-target attribute

The data-target attribute on a <form>, <input>, <a> or <button> is used to specify that a form POST should be intercepted by the Nucleus client-side components (javascript). The Html response is written to the element specified by the data-target, which works like a jQuery selector. You can specify a data-target by #id, or using any other jQuery selector syntax.

In a Settings view, if you do not specify a data-target, your form will use a data-target of form.parent(). This value works for most simple settings views.

data-target can understand .parent() at the end of your selector. This is not standard jQuery selector syntax.

NucleusAction url helper

In your submit button(s), you can use @Url.NucleusAction to specify a formaction for your control. Similar to BeginNucleusForm, the NucleusAction url helper works like the asp.net Action helper, but generates a Url which routes to an extension controller action (that is, the url starts with /extensions/your-extension).

<div class="nucleus-form-tools">
  @Html.SubmitButton("", "Save Settings", @Url.NucleusAction("SaveSettings", "Documents", "Documents"), new { })
</div>

The example above uses the SubmitButton Html helper, which renders a <button type='submit' class='btn btn-primary' formaction='value'/> element. If you prefer not to use the SubmitButton Html helper you could achieve the same result with <button type='submit' class='btn btn-primary' formaction='@Url.NucleusAction("SaveSettings", "Documents", "Documents")'/>

Viewer Views

Viewer views are less constrained than Settings views. You can still use Nucleus Tag Helpers, Html Helpers and Url helpers, but depending on your module's functionality you may not need to.