A Department Root is a special kind of folder which allows a site to be hierarchically organized into several content domains for organizational units. Department Roots hold several properties which are inherited to their child objects. Such properties include the department's portlets, a department-specific image or -stylesheet to be used for displaying the published objects.
The following screenshot shows an example of how Department Links, a Department Image and the Department Title can be used in in the published version of a Department Root. All three properties are present on each published child object of the department.
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Department Links are used for navigating through the published version of a department. They can be created by assigning a portlet called departmentlinks_portlet to the Department Root. To achieve that, the following steps are neccessary:
Create a folder with links that should be used for department-wide navigation and publish it.
Create a portlet called departmentlinks_portlet on that folder and publish it.
The portlet has to be called departmentlinks_portlet! The field Abstract has to be clicked on!
Assign the portlet to the Department Root and publish it.
Finally, (re)publish the Department Root.
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Like a Department Stylesheet, a Department Image can be used to emphasize the individuality of the department's web-presence apart from a default look and feel. You can assign a Department Image by filling in the appropiate field in the "Edit Department Root" dialogue.
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