The "Things to do" list in XPM contains a list of workflow activities a user can start/finish:

Things to do

This list can contain components that aren't on the page the user actually has open in XPM at that point in time.

Is it possible to extend XPM so that when a user opened an activity they can either click to be scrolled to where a component is on the current page or redirected to the page (or the first page if on several) that the component was located on?

Activities Related Items

Perhaps a link next to the current "Open" icon which opens the component in form view - can this area be extended?

Right now it seems a user landing on a preview site homepage and activating XPM faces the following steps (assuming there's an activity containing a component not on the homepage):

  1. Open the "Things to do" window.
  2. Click the "i" next to a activity.
  3. Click the open icon next to a component in Related Items.
  4. Click "Where Used" in the component view.
  5. In the "Where Used" dialog, filter publication to the one matching the preview site.
  6. Click on a page in the filtered view and click "Go to Location".
  7. When the main SDL Web window has opened with the page highlighted, right-click and select "View on Site" and select the preview target.
  8. Reactivate XPM in the new window containing the page.

We're examining using XPM as part of Translation Review - where seeing translation on page, in-context is the whole point.

Our potential reviewers aren't SDL Web users au fait with SDL Web concepts. The above could be a challenge - if it really is the shortest path to get to a page from an activity?

The disconnect between the "Things to do" list and the page your working on is unsettling in XPM where you're supposed to have the context of the page your looking at.


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Three ways that could improve the Workflow or specifically Translation Review steps include:

  1. Adjusting the Translation Review workflow to rename tasks to match the translation job or related page name. That way users can see and filter on those items in the Activities list.
  2. Possibly using a Bundle to group related items without necessarily using Bundle workflow. The idea is to give reviewers all related items in one list in the CME. Similarly, a saved search or Virtual Folder might also help.
  3. Also, the BluePrint viewer has a "View on Site" option, though it might be tricky to navigate for long Publication names or large BluePrints.

Also, within Experience Manager, I recall certain scenarios or versions of Workflow being able to resolve items to a page in Staging. I suspect this ability wasn't there in the first version of XPM (as the User Interface Update to Tridion 2011), was added later, but might have issues with recent versions.

Regardless, Components need to be embedded on published Pages in order to be viewed on the site. Otherwise, the Content Manager can't know where the content is visible in delivery since someone else (or code) might be displaying them.

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