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Linh Nguyen
Mar 19, 2024
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(3 votes)

Improve user experience with restriction information

In EPiServer.CMS.UI 12.28.0, an improvement for restriction information is added.

Previously the restriction information takes quite a lot of space, especially for big sites with a long list of restricted types.

This new improvement reduces the space significantly while still gives editors information about restricted types they need to know.

Before:

Now:

Users can expand the list to view all restricted types, and collapse it if they want.

Mar 19, 2024

Comments

Mike Malloy
Mike Malloy Mar 19, 2024 07:21 PM

Thanks.

Can you improve the users experience by doing this one too?
https://feedback.optimizely.com/ideas/CMS-I-410

Linh Nguyen
Linh Nguyen Mar 19, 2024 10:38 PM

Mike Malloy The suggestion sounds reasonable. But it will need to go through our product manager to evaluate the design and prioritise the work. Thank you for bring it up!

Mark Stott
Mark Stott Mar 20, 2024 10:44 AM

Hello Linh,

This is a very nice quality of life change.  I've seen and implemented the usage of interfaces to classify block types to make block restrictions easier to manage across the solution.  Examples being blocks that have interfaces of IFullWidthBlock, ITwoThirdsBlock, IHeroBlock etc.  It allowed you to apply restrictions very easily and to include a new block to the LeftContent areas across all templates very quickly:

    [Display(
        Name = "Main Content",
        Order = 20)]
    [AllowedTypes(typeof(ITwoThirdsBlock))]
    public virtual ContentArea? LeftContent { get; set; }

    [Display(
        Name = "Main Content",
        Order = 20)]
    [AllowedTypes(typeof(IOneThirdBlock))]
    public virtual ContentArea? LeftContent { get; set; }

The previous iteration of the restrictions hint text wasn't terribly helpful as it said "You  can add these content types: block".  I can see this updated version works a lot nicer, however you wouldn't want the "undefined" part of this.

Please note in this quick example I only have one block using the interface.

Thank you :)

Linh Nguyen
Linh Nguyen Mar 20, 2024 11:28 AM

Thank you, Mark Stott! We do have a bug for it (CMS-32870), hopefully we can fix it soon.

Mark Stott
Mark Stott Mar 20, 2024 11:35 AM

Thank you Linh :)

Linh Nguyen
Linh Nguyen Mar 20, 2024 01:37 PM

Here is the bug link, it is recently set public https://world.optimizely.com/support/Bug-list/bug/CMS-32870

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