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Chapter 2. The New Web-Based Zope User I... > Getting Comfortable with the ZMI

Getting Comfortable with the ZMI

The ZMI is basically a classic two-column layout, with one horizontal bar at the top. The bar at the top is used for branding and some basic user information. The thin left column is known as the Navigators column. The first box of this column is usually the navigation tree, which is a hierarchical view of the object database structure. This works well because the two main object categories are normal objects and containers. Note that the tree uses JavaScript to load the contents and may not work well in all browsers, including Konqueror. If your browser does not support the JavaScript-based tree, you can use the StaticTree skin to get a pure HTML-based version of the tree. Below the tree can be a wide range of other boxes, including Add.

The main part of the screen is the wide right column, known as the workspace. The workspace specifically provides functionality related to the accessed object. At the top of the workspace is the full path of the object, in “breadcrumbs” form, which provides a link to each element in the path.


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