Custom Templates by using the Layout selector

This entry should help you to use different templates for different (list) views.

Using the following Page TsConfig the editor can select the layouts in the news plugin:

tx_news.templateLayouts {
        1 = A custom layout
        99 = LLL:fileadmin/somelocallang/locallang.xml:someTranslation
}

You can use any number to identify your layout and any label to describe it.

Now it is possible to use a condition in the template to change the layouts, and e.g. load a different partial:

<f:if condition="{news}">
        <f:then>
                <f:if condition="{settings.templateLayout} == 99">
                        <f:then>
                                <div class="news well news-special">
                                        <f:for each="{news}" as="newsItem">
                                                <f:render partial="List/Item-special" arguments="{newsItem: newsItem, settings:settings}"/>
                                        </f:for>
                                </div>
                        </f:then>
                        <f:else>
                                <div class="news news-list-view">
                                        <n:widget.paginate objects="{news}" as="paginatedNews" configuration="{settings.list.paginate}">
                                                        <f:for each="{paginatedNews}" as="newsItem">
                                                                <f:render partial="List/Item" arguments="{newsItem: newsItem, settings:settings}"/>
                                                        </f:for>
                                        </n:widget.paginate>
                                </div>
                        </f:else>
                </f:if>
        </f:then>
        <f:else>
                <div class="no-news-found"><f:translate key="list_nonewsfound" /></div>
        </f:else>
</f:if>

As you can see in this example a different partial is loaded if the layout 99 is used.

Custom Templates by using TypoScript

You can define a custom TypoScript setting which you can check in the view later on.

The TypoScript could look like:

plugin.tx_news {
        settings {
                isLatest = 1
        }
}

And then you can use a condition like this:

<f:if condition="{settings.isLatest}">
        <f:then>
                do something if it is set
        </f:then>
        <f:else>
                do something if it is not set
        </f:else>
<f/:if>

Use current content element in the Template

If you ever need information from the content element itself, you can use:

{contentObjectData.header}

This will get you the header of the content element, but of course you can use any other field of tt_content too.

Cycle through 3 css classes

Sometimes it is useful to iterate over news items and use different classes for every news item. This examples shows how you can cycle through 3 css classes and repeat those.

<n:widget.paginate objects="{news}" as="paginatedNews" configuration="{settings.list.paginate}">
        <f:for each="{paginatedNews}" as="newsItem" iteration="iterator">
                <f:cycle values="{0: 'left', 1: 'center', 2: 'right'}" as="cycle">
                        <li class="{cycle}">
                                <strong>position: {cycle} // newsUID: {newsItem.uid}</strong>
                                <f:render partial="List/Item" arguments="{newsItem: newsItem, settings:settings, className:className, view:'list'}"/>
                        </li>
                </f:cycle>
        </f:for>
</n:widget.paginate>

FLUID Condition for categories

If you want to create a condition based on a spefic category, you can use something like this:

<f:for each="{newsItem.categories}" as="category">
        <f:if condition="{category.uid} == 1">
                do something if category is uid 1
        </f:if>
</f:for>

It is of course also possible to write a custom ViewHelper.

Change template of pagination

If you want to customize the Paginate ViewHelper Template you can customize it by following this example:

plugin.tx_news {
        view {
                widget.Tx_News_ViewHelpers_Widget_PaginateViewHelper.templateRootPath = fileadmin/pathtocustomnews/Templates/
        }
}

The template needs to be then saved in this place:

fileadmin/pathtocustomnews/Templates/ViewHelpers/Widget/Paginate/Index.html

Attention:: This works since TYPO3 4.6 (see http://forge.typo3.org/issues/10823)