Dingos User Configuration Facilities

Defining user configurations

The default user configuration is defined in the constant DINGOS_DEFAULT_USER_PREFS. dingos/__init__.py but can be overwritten in the settings, e.g. as follows:

              'dingos' : { 'widgets' :
                               {'embedded_in_objects' :
                                    {'lines' : {'@description': """Max. number of objects displayed in
                                                        widget listing the objects in which the
                                                        current object is embedded.""",
                                                '_value' : '5'}
                                    } ,
                           'view' :
                                    {'lines' : {'@description': """Max. number of lines displayed in
                                                    paginated views.""",
                                                '_value' : '20'},
                                'orientation' : {'@description': """Layout orientation. Possible values are 'vertical', 'horizontal', and 'auto'.""",
                                                 '_value' : 'horizontal'}



When a user logs in for the first time, the standard user configuration is copied over to his personal user configuration. The user configuration can be viewed with the view named url.dingos.admin.view.userprefs – the standard URL for this view is ../Admin/ViewUserPrefs.

A logged in user can edit the settings under the ViewUserPrefs. Alternatively, for testing purposes, you can change the preferences via the command line interface:

python manage.py dingos_manage_user_settings --reset preferences <user_name1> <user_name2> --settings=...

After doing this, go to the above-mentioned view of the user preferences for a user to also refresh the user data that has been cached in the session.

Accessing user configurations in templates

In templates, user configurations are accessed as follows:


For example to access the orientation of the display defined as horizontal above, you would write:


Or, to access the number of lines to be shown on a list display (with a default value of 15), you would write:


Accessing user configuration in views

The Dingos standard views all include the mixin ViewMethodsMixin, which defines the function lookup_customization. In order to look up the number of lines to be shown on a list display (with a default value of 15), you would write: