[Deploying Sakai] Announcements on Gateway

John Leasia jleasia at umich.edu
Fri Mar 26 10:59:12 PDT 2010

The annc2 is just whatever you want it to be - just the made up name for 
some other channel to identify it as different from the default channel 
for the announcement tool in that site.
I am talking 2.x here - what I said before is working for me in 2.6.2.

I have 2 announcement tools in a site, I call them Announcement and 
TestAnnc. Announcement has a blank channel field. TestAnnc tool has
/announcement/channel/534d660d-a63c-4b2e-00a6-6ca64bc0d6c2 /annc2
for the channel - could be
/announcement/channel/534d660d-a63c-4b2e-00a6-6ca64bc0d6c2 /xxx
or whatever.

This is for the sakai.announcements tool.
I added the 2nd tool to a site by searching in the Admin Sites tool for 
its siteid
clicked on the site
clicked on the page
clicked on the tool
added /announcement/channel/534d660d-a63c-4b2e-00a6-6ca64bc0d6c2 /annc2
as the channel.

Then 2 different sets of announcements show up in the site - one set for 
the default Announcement tool and a 2nd separate set for the TestAnnc 
tool, where announcements are made in each tool.

Seems to work ok on QA8 - see the site
for example

A blank field I am pretty sure defaults to
(where <siteid> is replaced with whatever the site's id is)
because that is what is noted in the announcement.new event


Sri Kota wrote:
> John,
> I appreciate your response. I have been trying various values for 
> "channel" with no luck. I am sort of guessing the value based on what 
> I see for the motd tool.
> /announcement/channel/<siteid>/main : does not work.
> /announcement/channel/<siteid>/annc2: what is annc2 here? It's 
> obviously not the siteid, then what is it? Is it the toolid? I have 
> tried the toolid and it does not work.
> Any documentation on how to set channel values?
> Thanks,
> -Sri
> On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM, John Leasia <jleasia at umich.edu 
> <mailto:jleasia at umich.edu>> wrote:
>     Sri,
>     The Announcement tool has a property - channel - that can be set
>     to something other than the default, so that you could have a 2nd
>     announcement tool in a site with its own set of announcements. The
>     property is accessed via the Admin Sites tool - edit the site
>     (search for its siteid), edit pages, then edit the tool and a list
>     of tool property fields is shown. Blank is the default for the
>     site, which is I think
>     /announcement/channel/<siteid>/main
>     but you could type something in there different - like
>     /announcement/channel/<siteid>/annc2
>     You could add (via Admin Site tool - isn't possible through the UI
>     to add a 2nd announcement tool) a 2nd Annc tool and put in a
>     different channel and call the tool 'Really Important
>     Announcements' or whatever.
>     I'd think you could add a sakai.motd tool to the gateway, and
>     change it's channel to display the channel of the 2nd annc tool in
>     whatever site you want. Might be that the 2nd announcement tool
>     announcements need to be public - not sure.
>     John
>     Sri Kota wrote:
>>     Hello Folks,
>>     I am trying to get my site Announcements onto the Gateway with no
>>     luck.
>>     I created sakai.announcements , but can't get the announcements
>>     fed in. I'm more or less sure that this is because of the
>>     "channel" value. Does anyone know what value "channel" should take?
>>     Eg.: For MOTD, the value is: /announcement/channel/!site/motd .
>>     Simillarly, what is the channel value for announcements? In
>>     general, where do I look-up these values?
>>     Is there something else I am missing?
>>     P.S.: I do have "Public" announcements in one of my sites.
>>     Thanks for looking,
>>     -Sri
>>     -- 
>>     - Sri
>>     Sarvē Janā Sukhinō Bhavantu
> -- 
> - Sri
> Sarvē Janā Sukhinō Bhavantu
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