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Create a Macro

New dynamic parts and layout components can be introduced with macros.

The best way to learn how to write Macros is just to look, how existent Macros are written.

Macro written in Java

Overview of Interfaces

A Macro has to implement the interface de.micromata.genome.gwiki.page.impl.wiki.GWikiMacro.
If a macro has a body like the code macro with starting


, the macro should also implement the marker interface de.micromata.genome.gwiki.page.impl.wiki.GWikiBodyMacro.
If the body of the macro itself is wiki code, the Macro should implement the marker interface de.micromata.genome.gwiki.page.impl.wiki.GWikiBodyEvalMacro.

Standard Macros also implement the interface de.micromata.genome.gwiki.page.impl.wiki.GWikiRuntimeMacro:

The interface de.micromata.genome.gwiki.page.impl.wiki.GWikiCompileTimeMacro is mainly used to produce new GWikiFragments at compile time.

For convenience, some base classes are provided:
de.micromata.genome.gwiki.page.impl.wiki.GWikiMacroBean works like an ActionBean. In the Macro class extending this class, the Macro attributes will be set to bean properties of the macro.

A Macro, which represents itself as WYSIWYG element in the Rich Text Editor should also implement the de.micromata.genome.gwiki.page.impl.wiki.GWikiMacroRte interface, which provides some information how to translate HTML back to the macro definition.

Sample Simple Macro

Here the code for generating a local anchor:

public class GWikiLocalAnchorMacroBean extends GWikiMacroBean

  private static final long serialVersionUID = -8790099016295725015L;

  public boolean renderImpl(GWikiContext ctx, MacroAttributes attrs)
    if (RenderModes.NoToc.isSet(ctx.getRenderMode()) == true) {
      return true;
    String localAnchor = attrs.getArgs().getStringValue("defaultValue");
    ctx.append("<a name='", StringEscapeUtils.escapeXml(localAnchor), "' />");
    return true;

The macro has only a unnamed default value. This can be read via MacroAttributes via the key "defaultValue".

Before rendering the anchor via ctx.append(), there is a test if a RenderMode.NoToc is set.
If the content should be rendered without any embedded table of contents - for example for printing document export - this flag is set and the macro simply doesn't produce any output.

Please refer to RenderMode for more Flags.

Macros implementing the GWikiCompileTimeMacro interface can produce new GWikiFragements at compile time.

public class GWikiNoFormatBodyMacro extends GWikiCompileTimeMacroBase implements GWikiBodyMacro, GWikiCompileTimeMacro
  private static final long serialVersionUID = 335691916315972801L;

  public Collection<GWikiFragment> getFragments(GWikiMacroFragment macroFrag, GWikiWikiTokens tks, GWikiWikiParserContext ctx)
    Collection<GWikiFragment> frags = new ArrayList<GWikiFragment>();
    GWikiHtmlBodyTagMacro tagMacro = new GWikiHtmlBodyTagMacro();
    GWikiMacroFragment preFrag = new GWikiMacroFragment(tagMacro, new MacroAttributes("pre:style=border=1;"));
    preFrag.addChild(new GWikiFragmentText(macroFrag.getAttrs().getBody()));
    return frags;


Macros itself can be used to secure the users input, not allowing all possible html but only a defined subset.
But some Macros can be used to inject HTML, java script or even server side executed code into a page.
For this a Macro can implement the method ensureRight to check if the current editor of the page make
usage of a Macro or use attributes of the Macro he is not allowed.

public class GWikiHtmlBodyMacro extends GWikiCompileTimeMacroBase implements GWikiBodyMacro, GWikiCompileTimeMacro
  // ...
  public void ensureRight(MacroAttributes attrs, GWikiContext ctx) throws AuthorizationFailedException
    if (ctx.getWikiWeb().getAuthorization().isAllowTo(ctx, GWikiAuthorizationRights.GWIKI_EDITHTML.name()) == false) {
      throw new AuthorizationFailedException("Unsecure usage of HTML Macro.");


The html macro check, if the editor of a page, which uses the macro has the right to edit raw HTML pages. If not
it throws an AuthorizationFailedException exception.

Note: An editor without this GWIKI_EDITHTML right may edit the page with the macro containg, but receives an error message, if he tries to save the page. Of course he can remove the usage of the html Macro and after that he can save the modified page. If you don't want, that an editor without the GWIKI_EDITHTML right can modifiy the page, define the right GWIKI_EDITHTML as edit right to the GWikiElement via Settings in the GWiki Editor.

Render Modes

With the macro render modes it is possible to control define render context in the HTML DOM.
The wiki parser don't know, if a macro generates a paragraf element or not.
In Java Macros normally define the render modes in the constructor.

Here a sample:

public GWikiPageIntroMacroBean()
    setRenderModes(GWikiMacroRenderFlags.combine(GWikiMacroRenderFlags.NewLineAfterStart, GWikiMacroRenderFlags.NewLineBeforeEnd,
        GWikiMacroRenderFlags.NoWrapWithP, GWikiMacroRenderFlags.ContainsTextBlock));

A pageintro Macro the body text contains newlines, which should be ignored (trimed) before parsing the contains text.
The pagentro Macro containing HTML elements, which are not allowed to be wrapped with a paragraf (p element).
The wiki markup inside the pageintro Macro should generate paragraph elements for text.

Please refer to GWikiMacroRenderFlags in the Java Doc or source code.

Test the macro

The global available macros can be registered in the WikiConfig.

If you don't want to register macro globally, you first can use the usemacro to make a macro available only for one test page:

Macros written with GSPT/jsp

To create a macro with a JSP, create a new Element of type Script Macro (admin/templates/ScriptMacroMetaTemplate) and store the element in the directory admin/macros.

You can find there already some macros, you can use as samples.
Here the sample for the panel Macro:

<@include file="inc/stdgfuncs.gspt" @>
<% if (wikiContext.getRequestAttribute('wiki.macro.panel.panelStyle') == null) { %>
  <div class="panel" style="border-width: 1px;">
<% } else { %>
  <div class="panel" style="<%= wikiContext.getRequestAttribute('wiki.macro.panel.panelStyle') %>">
<% } %>
<% if (wikiContext.getRequestAttribute('wiki.macro.panel.panelContentStyle') == null) { %>
<div class="panelContent">
<% } else { %>
  <div class="panel" style="<%= wikiContext.getRequestAttribute('wiki.macro.panel.panelContentStyle') %>">
<% } %>

<% if (GWIKI_MACRO_ATTRIBUTES.getArgs().containsKey('title') == true) { %>
<div align="center"><b><%= esc(GWIKI_MACRO_ATTRIBUTES.getArgs().getStringValue('title')) %></b></div><br />
<% } %>
<% GWIKI_MACRO_CHILD.render(wikiContext) %>

Look also for the Settings of this element, how to control type of macro.
Please refer to

for more information.

Inside the JSP you have direct access to following variables:

  • GWIKI_MACRO_NAME: String, Name of macro
  • GWIKI_MACRO_ATTRIBUTES: MacroAttributes, attributes (aka arguments) of the macro.
  • GWIKI_MACRO_BODY: String, If the macro has a raw body, this is the content body of the macro.
  • GWIKI_MACRO_CHILD: GWikiFragmentChildContainer, If the macro has a parsed body, this is the root node of the parsed children DOM.
  • GWIKI_MACRO_PREVIEW: boolean, is true, if page is rendered for preview.
  • GWIKI_MACRO_APPENDABLE: GWikiContext, the context.
Last modified 2013-01-09 22:32 by rkommer (ViewCount: 66 ) By Roger Rene Kommer and Micromata GmbH | License