Introduction

This section describes how to customize GUI elements like buttons, text fields, and menu items in the right-click menu and the top bar in ROB-EX. You will use this for two main purposes

  • Customize what is visible in the Detail Panel located above the Gantt chart
  • Disable or hide buttons/menu items for certain roles (e.g. a Planner role with limited access and permissions)

The customization requires editing of an XML configuration file. This first section will give you a description of where to find the file roles.xml to make the changes and an explanation of the file structure and the different roles the content maps to. Finally, some concrete examples will cover the most common actions.

Location of the configuration file

The GUI configuration is defined in XML format in a configuration file called roles.xml. The original file is in the directory ROB-EX /Planner/config/roles.xml.

To customize the GUI configuration, follow the steps:

  1. Copy the roles.xml file.
  2. Place the copy of roles.xml file, in the directory ROB-EX /Planner/custom.
    The reason to copy the file to the custom folder is, that each time ROB-EX is updated to a newer version the files in the config folder are replaced and this is not the case for the contents in the custom folder.
  3. To edit the roles.xml file, use a text editor like notepad.exe. It is preferred to use an editor which can format XML correctly.

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