Creating a context processor class

When configured, a context processor plug-in is started by the web content viewer portlet before rendering and allows the current context, such as the item to display, to be modified.

About this task

To create a context processor plug-in, you must create a context processor class and then register the context processor class by deploying it on the server and selecting it from within a web content viewer portlet.


  1. Create a Java class that implements the interface This class must implement the following method:
        * Processes the supplied <i>ContextProcessorParams</i> and updates parameters within
        * as necessary
        * @param p_currentSession The current Http Session
        * @param p_contextProcessorParams The editable <i>ContextProcessorParams</i> object 
       public void process(HttpSession p_currentSession, ContextProcessorParams p_contextProcessorParams);

    See the Javadoc documentation for further information. The Javadoc files for Web Content Manager are in the PortalServer_root/doc/Javadoc/spi_docs/com/ibm/workplace/wcm directory.

  2. Implement the process method. This method contains the code that is run when the plug-in is started and modifies the current context by using the ContextProcessorParams object before the current context is rendered.
  3. A plugin.xml file is needed whether the deployment is done by using a WAR or EAR, or by using a loose JAR file. If deployed by using an application in a WAR or EAR, include the plugin.xml file in the application "WEB-INF" folder. When a JAR file is used, include the plugin.xml in the root of the JAR file.
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <plugin id="SampleContextProcessorPluginId" 
    name="SampleContextProcessor" provider-name="IBM" version="1.0.0">
        <extension point="" 
        id="SampleContextProcessorPlugin" >
            <processor class="com.acme.SampleContextProcessor"/>
  4. Edit the settings of the web content viewer portlet you want to associate with your context processor:
    1. Go to the "configuration" or "edit shared settings" view of a web content viewer portlet.
    2. Go to Advanced Options > Plugins
    3. Select a context processor plug-in.

What to do next

  • Each plug-in is represented by a single <extension></extension> tag.
  • The value of the point attribute must be "".
  • Provide an ID value of your choice.
  • Specify the provider class for your plug-in.
Naming conventions:
If you create a plug-in application with the same names and IDs as an existing plug-in, the new plug-in might override the first. When you create plug-in applications, ensure that the following are unique across your system:
  • The plug-in ID, plug in name, and extension ID of the plugin.xml file.
  • The fully qualified class name plus path of all classes within the application.
  • The file path of any files within the application.