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while discussing in the ML about modules and framework separation I thought to this new feature that I would like to discuss here with you.
We have now the possibility to extend a menu from one other. This is great in order to have an high level of code reuse and great consistency all over OFBiz.
I was thinking to a sort of "merges-to" property for the menu widget.
This would allow a new module to specify an already exixting menu name (in the framework core or in a lower level module) that should be somewhat changed by the actual menu.
For instance, in the attached image partymenu.jpg there is a a tipical use of this feature:
in the party module there are lot of links that co to order application, account etc. Those menu link could be used defining a simple menu (say it partylinks_menu) in the party application that contains only party or framework related links (i.e. profile); additional components like order or accounting could define more menus that merges-to the partylinks_manu so that when the menu is rendered IN THE PARTY APPLICATION the new menu items added in the order and accounting applications are also rendered.
This would allow us to dramatically reduce the component dependence and help us to have the framework-only distribution.
To eventually implement this I think there should be an entity that defines such mergin menus and the menu rendered should lookup the entity to check if one or more merges to the actually rendering menu is defined.
I would appreciate to hear from you if this idea can help.