The generic XML DDC plug-in supports the concept of list-rendering profiles. It therefore makes it possible to integrate XML data. The XML data can be served in arbitrary XML document formats. A list-rendering profile describes the transformation between a specific XML document format and the generic bean list data structure that the DDC framework supports. In addition, the list-rendering profile enumerates all attribute names of the items in the resulting bean list that you can add to the result markup. This way, the IBM
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user interface can present a dedicated selection box. That selection box contains all supported attributes for a specific list-rendering profile when you author DDC list appearance components.
The generic XML Digital Data Connector plug-inParent topic: IBM Digital Data Connector (DDC) for WebSphere Portal
You can use the IBM Digital Data Connector (DDC) for WebSphere
Portal plug-in directly to integrate remote XML data without coding. It makes it possible to integrate XML data that is served in arbitrary XML document formats by supporting the concept of list-rendering profiles.
Structure of list-rendering profiles
A list-rendering profile consists of a set of name-value pairs.
Syntax for XPath based list-rendering profiles
An XPath based list-rendering profile contains a set of name-value pairs called entries. This set of entries defines the set of available list properties and item attributes that are available for transforming external data into bean lists.
Syntax for custom list-rendering profiles
Custom IBM Digital Data Connector (DDC) for WebSphere
Portal plug-ins that do not delegate the initial bean list computation to the generic XML DDC plug-in can use a custom list-rendering profile. This case typically occurs when you integrate non-XML data.
Working with list-rendering profiles
You can create new or derived list-rendering profiles. After you create a list-rendering profile, you deploy it.
Creating and deploying custom Digital Data Connector plug-ins
You can deploy custom IBM Digital Data Connector (DDC) for WebSphere
Portal plug-ins as plug-ins into the portal extension registry.