[Infusion-users] how do I use the reorderer with RSF?

Colin Clark colinbdclark at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 20:51:58 UTC 2010

Hi Chuck,

RSF and Infusion are two totally separate products, with quite different documentation. For specifics on using RSF, you might be able to get better advice on their forums:


For Infusion, we do have a user manual that includes tutorials and API references for all our components and the core framework. It's not perfect, but hopefully it will serve as a good starting point:


In terms of your question, there are two main techniques that most Reorderer users employ to send order changes from the Reorderer back to their server:

1. The "progressive enhancement" technique, where hidden form fields are stored in the markup and updated to reflect the current order of the items. The form can then be POSTed back to the server in the old fashioned way or using Ajax--your choice. 

2. The JSON-based approach, where you POST back the order of items as an JSON array.

Both approaches are fully described (with code snippets) as part of the Reorderer documentation in our wiki:


I just updated this page to include a better explanation of the JSON-based approach. Hopefully you'll find it useful, but if you have suggestions for how we can improve the documentation, please don't hesitate to let us know.

I hope this helps,


On 2010-07-09, at 8:23 PM, Hedrick Charles wrote:

> We're doing a project in RSF. I like RSF, but I find the state of its documentation a problem. The documentation seems to consistent almost entirely of examples, and if I can't find an example of what I want, I don't know how to proceed. I have a very simple list of items, which will be displayed one per line, probably in a table. The reorder list tutorial shows me how to reorder things like that on the screen. But of course that isn't very interesting. I need to get the results back into RSF. Can you give me either documentation or a simple example? I tried to make sense out of the Sakai page order tool, but there's too much else going on there. I can't see how the order actually gets back.

Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project

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