URL for Commerce Categories Contains Incorrect Delimiters

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SuiteCommerce Advanced | Elbrus


In some implementations of SCA, a URL that uses the Item Search API to access a commerce category contains incorrect delimiters. As a result, accessing pages for a specific category in a SuiteCommerce store returns a 404 error code, even if items for the category exist. For example, a URL might contain %3F instead of the question mark (?) character or %2F instead of forward slash (/).

This patch contains updated code for the FacetsTranslator object constructor. To implement this patch, you must override the Facets.Translator.js JavaScript file in the Facets module. You can download the code samples described in this procedure here: IncorrectDelimetersforCommerceCategories.zip


In general, best practice is to extend JavaScript using the JavaScript prototype object. This improves the chances that your customizations continue to work when migrating to a newer version of SuiteCommerce Advanced. However, this patch requires you to modify a file that you cannot extend, and you must use a custom module to override the existing module file. For more information, see Customize and Extend Core SuiteCommerce Advanced Modules.

Step 1: Create the Facets.Translation.js Override File

This step shows how to override the Facets.Translator.js file, located in the Facets module.

  1. If you have not done so already, create a directory to store your custom module.

  2. Open this directory and create a custom module to maintain your customizations.

    Give this module a name similar to the module being customized.

    For example:


  3. In your new module, create a subdirectory called JavaScript.

    For example:


  4. Copy the following file into the new directory:


    In this case, X.Y.Z  represents the version of the module in your implementation of SuiteCommerce Advanced.

  5. Open your new Facets.Translator.js and make the following change:

    Locate the JavaScript code for the FacetsTranslator constructor in your new file:

    //@constructor @param {Array}facets @param {Object} options @param {Object} configuration function FacetsTranslator (facets, options, configuration, category) { // Enforces new if (!(this instanceof FacetsTranslator)) { return new FacetsTranslator(facets, options, configuration, category); } ... else if (facets) { // It's an API option object this.parseOptions(facets); } }

    Replace these lines with the following code:

    //@constructor @param {Array}facets @param {Object} options @param {Object} configuration function FacetsTranslator (facets, options, configuration, category) { // Enforces new if (!(this instanceof FacetsTranslator)) { return new FacetsTranslator(facets, options, configuration, category); } // Facets go Here this.facets = []; // Other options like page, view, etc. goes here this.options = {}; // This is an object that must contain a fallbackUrl and a lists of facet configurations this.configuration = configuration || default_config; // Get the facets that are in the sitesettings but not in the config. // These facets will get a default config (max, behavior, etc.) - Facets.Translator // Include facet aliases to be conisdered as a possible route var facets_data = Configuration.get('siteSettings.facetfield') , facets_to_include = []; _.each(facets_data, function(facet) { if (facet.facetfieldid !== 'commercecategory') { facets_to_include.push(facet.facetfieldid); // If the facet has an urlcomponent defined, then add it to the possible values list. facet.urlcomponent && facets_to_include.push(facet.urlcomponent); // Finally, include URL Component Aliases... _.each(facet.urlcomponentaliases, function(facet_alias) { facets_to_include.push(facet_alias.urlcomponent); }); } }); facets_to_include = _.union(facets_to_include, _.pluck(Configuration.get('facets'), 'id')); facets_to_include = _.uniq(facets_to_include); this.facetsToInclude = facets_to_include; this.isCategoryPage = !!category; if (_.isBoolean(category) && category) { var index = facets.length , facetsToInclude = this.facetsToInclude.slice(0); facetsToInclude.push(this.configuration.facetDelimiters.betweenFacetsAndOptions); _.each(facetsToInclude, function(facetname) { var i = facets.indexOf(facetname); if (i !== -1 && i < index) { index = i; } }); var categoryUrl = facets.substring(0, index); facets = facets.substring(index); if (categoryUrl[0] !== '/') { categoryUrl = '/' + categoryUrl; } if (categoryUrl[categoryUrl.length - 1] === '/') { categoryUrl = categoryUrl.substring(0, categoryUrl.length - 1); } this.categoryUrl = categoryUrl; } else if (_.isString(category)) { this.categoryUrl = category; } // We cast on top of the passed in parameters. if (facets && options) { this.facets = facets; this.options = options; } else if (_.isString(facets)) { // It's a url this.parseUrl(facets); } else if (facets) { // It's an optional API object this.parseOptions(facets); } }
  6. Save the file.

Step 2. Prepare the Developer Tools For Your Override

The next step shows how to create the ns.package.json file for the custom module and shows how to modify the distro.json file to make sure that the Gulp tasks include your modules when you deploy.

  1. Open the Modules/extensions/FacetsExtension@1.0.0 module directory.

  2. Create a file in this directory and name it ns.package.json.


  3. Build the ns.package.json file using the following code (where X.Y.Z indicates the current version of your module in SuiteCommerce):

    { "gulp": { "javascript": [ "JavaScript/*.js" ] }, "overrides": { "suitecommerce/Facets@X.Y.Z/JavaScript/Facets.Translations.js" : "JavaScript/Facets.Translations.js" } } }
  4. Save the ns.package.json file.

  5. Open the distro.json file.

    This file is located in the top-level directory of your SuiteCommerce Advanced source code.

  6. In the distro.json file, add your custom modules to the modules object.

    Your code should look similar to the following example:

    { "name": "SuiteCommerce Advanced Elbrus", "version": "2.0", "buildToolsVersion": "1.3.0", "folders": { "modules": "Modules", "suitecommerceModules": "Modules/suitecommerce", "extensionsModules": "Modules/extensions", "thirdPartyModules": "Modules/third_parties", "distribution": "LocalDistribution", "deploy": "DeployDistribution" }, "modules": { "extensions/FacetsExtension": "1.0.0", ...

    This ensures that the Gulp tasks include your module when you deploy.  In this example, the custom modules are added at the beginning of the list of modules. However, you can add the modules anywhere in the modules object. The order of precedence in this list does not matter.

  7. Save the distro.json file.

Step 3: Test and Deploy Your Extension

  1. Test your source code customizations on a local server (see SCA on a Local Server) or deploy them to your NetSuite account (see Deploy to NetSuite). If you are currently running SCA on a local server, your changes should appear on your local site immediately.

  2. Confirm your results.

    Upon successful deployment, the URL used to access products by category includes the proper delimiters and shows the products instead of a 404 error.

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