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Right-To-Left Keyboard Switch for Granite / Touch UI

Ben Zahler

In the AEM classic UI, an author entering text in Hebrew can switch the editor to right-to-left mode with the keyboard shortcut ctrl-shift-x.

Unfortunately, this is not possible anymore in AEM’s granite or touch ui. While it sounds strange to create a keyboard shortcut to a touch ui, it is still helpful to have that ability when working from a desktop or laptop computer, so here is a package that implements this functionality:

This works in both the inline and the full screen rich text editor and has been tested in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

Simply install to you AEM instance using the package manager and the keyboard shortcut works.


Serving Assets with Selectors

Ben Zahler

In a project, we recently had the requirement to serve assets with a selector. The reason for adding the selector was that all CUG protected assets need to be served from an specific dispatcher farm.

Unfortunately, the extension of assets is part of the node name in AEM. A sample geometrixx asset is stored as node “GeoCube_Datasheet.pdf” under /content/dam/geometrixx/documents .

When we try to access this with a selector /content/dam/geometrixx/documents/, the resource cannot be resolved, resulting in a 404.

After checking the Sling source code, we’ve found a way to get to the document with the selector: add all the selectors after the extension, and then add extension .res.

Why? that’s quite complicated:

  • adding the selectors after the original extension makes sure that the resource is actually found during resource resolution
  • rendering of resources needs to be done by the, but the servlet only accepts resources without an extension or with .res

But our troubles are not quite over yet: If we render this as a .res resource, Apache will serve this as content type application/x‐dtbresource+xml

The following rewrite rule should take care of that for pdf documents:

With this rewrite rule, the asset is actually available for end users at the desired url /content/dam/geometrixx/documents/, hiding the .res extension workaround from the end user.


Duplicate SSL Filter Bundle in AEM 6.0 SP2 and SlingHttpServletRequest.isSecure()

Ben Zahler

In AEM 6.0 SP2, there is a new version of the “Apache Felix Http SSL Filter” bundle.

Unfortunately, it has a different package name as the one included in AEM 6.0, which means that both versions of the SSL Filter are active.


Now if both filters are active, the second filter does not have the information if originally, the request was sent over https or http.

Therefore the SlingHttpServletRequest.isSecure() method will always return “false”.

This is fixed if the old (0.0.1.R1394715) version of the filter is disabled, one way to do this permanently is the use of the AEM Commons OSGI disabler.


unsatisfied AEM components because of duplicate package names

Ben Zahler

Today, I had an issue, where some of my AEM components just would not start. They had “unsatisfied” service references, but the referenced services were up and running.

After a lot of searching and thanks to this blog post, I finally found out that the actual problem was that the referenced services’s package name was identical to a package name in my component’s bundle.

So what happened?

Let’s say my Interface was set up like this:

  • bundle name: codeflair-blog-api
  • Interface name:

Package* was exported and therefore the interface was made available by the bundle.

My implementing class was set up in a different bundle, let’s say codeflair-core-impl. In this bundle there was another (completely unrelated component) which implemented interface in bundle codeflair-core-api.

codeflair-core-api also exported*, and because the bundle also had a dependency on codeflair-blog-api, all classes from package in codeflair-blog-api were copied to bundle codeflair-core-api and also made available in that bundle. Now our is availabe in two different bundles, so an adapter factory will not recognize that  actually implements from codeflair-blog-api.

So the bottom line is: choose a good package struckter und really make sure a package is neever user in two different bundles!

AEM / CQ assets with xmpRights:WebStatement

Ben Zahler

if a DAM asset has property xmpRights:WebStatement set (usually automatically extracted from the file during the import workflow), CQ redirects to the value in the property, assuming that the property contains the path to a page where the user has to accept a license agreement for the asset.

Note that this only happens when the asset directly is accessed, but not when specific renditions are accessed.

To switch off this behavior, access the system console’s config for the BinaryProviderServlet:


Uncheck the option “Enable Digital Rights Management” and your assets are displayed correctly!