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Chapter 15. Working with Templates > Working with Repeating Regions

Working with Repeating Regions

As you have seen thus far, editable regions provide some level of flexibility in terms of allowing users working with template-derived pages to add and modify content in areas on the page that you, as the template designer, specify as editable. In our example, we made the assumption that various departments in our organization would need to create an instance of the template and customize certain areas (editable regions) to suit their needs. Up to this point, we've discussed allowing the users to customize the small subheading images by allowing them to replace image placeholders with their own department-specific images. We also added a third editable region that allowed the user to add text for the main content of the template-derived page. What we haven't done yet is set aside the Events table as editable.

The challenge with making the Events table editable is that we need to be careful not to make the entire table editable. Technically, we could create one big editable region and then place the Events table in that editable region. The problem with this approach is that the user would be able to change the heading that appears in the table as well as the small calendar icon that appears just to the left of each row. Because we want to keep a level of consistency across departments, allowing the department users to do this wouldn't be the best idea. Instead, we can keep the locked design of the table but set aside a row in the table as a repeating region. This would allow the user to continuously add rows to the table, while at the same time preserving the overall look and feel of the table.


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