Item XML Display eXtension
The problem is simple; during development work on a typical Tridion project there come times when you need to view the raw XML of items within the system, usually those would be components, especially when developing XSLT templates, but examining other items� XML can be very useful as well. Looking at publications� metadata or folders�, structuregroups�, etc.
Without the extension, to view the XML of any item in Tridion you have to be remotely or directly connected to the CM server, then you can simply type the TCM URI of the item into IE�s address bar and you get the XML:
But what if right now your team mates are also using the remote connections and its maxed out? Or what if you�re working on a project where you don�t even have remote access at all?
Well, you could use one of the power tools or even create your own custom URL (granted you can install it on the server first). But for those you will usually need to copy or memorize the URI first into a different page and that�s, well� annoying.
What if you could simply click on the item you wish to view its XML and see it in the GUI? Well, now you can. With the extension installed, both the context menu and the Ribbon toolbar have been added with a button:
So it is very easy to select an item from the list or tree views and inspect its XML content.
More information about this extension can be found at: http://yoavniran.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/my-first-attempt-at-tridion-2011-gui-extensions/