I am totally new to Sitecore, and a front-end developer, so please bear with me.

I'm on a project that is prototyped using JSS and for some of our components we'd like to define custom types like: "align" that would be one of ["top", "middle", "bottom"] but the allowed, predefined, types (as in SingleLineText or RichText for examples) are limited.

Is there a way to define such lists as "types"?

Also, is it possible to define custom types like type: { some, other, fields } and later reuse those as { name: "foo", type: "MyCustomType" } ?

I've checked the JSS documentation but so far it's pretty unclear if this is possible; any pointers is good.

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In Sitecore such a list would be implemented via a droplink field (in JSS manifest this is referred to as ContentLink).

Essentially you'd make a folder in data/content to store your list items, such as /data/content/alignments/{top|middle|bottom}/en.yml. Give each of those an id, i.e. id:align-top.

Then on your component instance (on a route) where you'd like to refer to an alignment, add a ContentLink field, and set the value to an ID reference to the alignment item's ID:

    id: align-top
  • Amazing! Thanks a lot. If I get it correctly, ContentLink is actually "a link to data/content". How do you actually point, refer, to the list? I see that you create alignments in data/content, you refer in a route with "myAlignmentField"… but I don't see how you actually say that "this alignment list is taking values from the alignments directory" Let say I define the component like this: { name: "alignments", type: ContentLink } How do I link alignments to this so the contributor have a list of some fields to choose from?
    – kaneel
    Nov 3, 2018 at 10:54
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    The source of the content link can be set in the manifest as well using the source attribute to specify the Sitecore path to retrieve items to list.
    – Kam Figy
    Nov 5, 2018 at 20:13
  • ok will fiddle with that, thanks a lot again!
    – kaneel
    Nov 6, 2018 at 9:42

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