Monday, December 8, 2008

How to Allow Lotus Connections Profiles to Accept PNG Images

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A customer recently reached out and told me that Lotus Connections Profiles was only accepting images (or photos) in GIF and JPEG format. He had a need, however, to allow end users to upload their photos in PNG format.

You may be thinking that in order to allow this, I had to hack away the code, change some JSPs files, add a lot of Java code, and the such. Au contraire, my friend! Here's what I had to do to enable PNG photo uploads in Profiles:

  1. Go to <WAS_PROFILE_ROOT>/installedApps/<CELL_NAME>/Profiles.ear/peoplepages.war/WEB-INF
  2. Save a backup of validation.xml
  3. Open validation.xml with your favorite text editor
  4. Find this line (it's there twice):


    and add the following lines after it:


  5. Remember, this line appears in two places so make sure you edit both lines
  6. Save the file
  7. Restart the system

Don't you love it when the architecture for a product allows you to do easy things like this ? I do..

P.S. In case you are wondering about the two MIME types.. Firefox uses image/png and IE uses image/x-png. Go figure ...

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