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#1 2009-05-15 16:49:45

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Dictating category links order

I have been trying to prioritise the order in which category links appear in a menu, as some are more important that others.

I am able to do this by using custom_field, the lower the number the higher the link appears in the list.

The problem
If a content editor forgets to add a number to an article, then these links go right to the top… grrrrr.

Desired effect
What i want is if the editor forgets to add a number in the custom field, or the order is for thsi item unimportant, then that link should placed below the order links. I’ve tried loads of different approaches which i won’t bore you with at this stage, but suffice to say i haven’t got it working yet.

    <txp:if_article_category name="my-cat-name">
        <txp:if_custom_field name="related_links_order">
	     <txp:article_custom form="MTS_article_list" sort="custom_3 asc" category="my-cat-name" offset="1" />
	 </txp:if_custom_field> 
    </txp:if_article_category>

Can anyone offer some advice?

Last edited by Timid&friendly (2009-05-15 16:53:09)


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#2 2009-05-15 19:27:42

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Re: Dictating category links order

Timid&friendly wrote:

the order in which category links appear in a menu

Am I right in assuming you are talking about links to articles, not to categories? And your code is inside an article form, displaying links to articles in the same category as the current article? In that case this conditional:

<txp:if_custom_field name="related_links_order">

is not going to work, because it only looks at the custom field value for the current article. What is in your form ‘MTS_article_list’?

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#3 2009-05-16 09:55:14

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Re: Dictating category links order

Yes you are correct in that these links are indeed links to articles and not to categories.

<li>
    <txp:permlink><txp:title /></txp:permlink>
</li>

This does work in ordering the links, Only the unorder (articles with an empty value for <txp:if_custom_field name="related_links_order"> get put first before the ordered links and i want the last.


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#4 2009-05-16 11:07:56

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Re: Dictating category links order

Simplest solution is to reverse the sort order and use high numbers for high priority.


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#5 2009-05-16 14:03:38

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Re: Dictating category links order

jsoo wrote:

Simplest solution is to reverse the sort order and use high numbers for high priority.

Great! So simple that I didn’t think of it ;) Just in case there is a reason you can’t use jsoo’s solution, I wonder if this works:

<txp:article_custom sort="custom_3 asc" category="my-cat-name">
	<txp:if_article_id>
	<txp:else />
		<txp:if_custom_field name="related_links_order">
			<li>
				<txp:permlink><txp:title /></txp:permlink>
			</li>
		</txp:if_custom_field>
	</txp:if_article_id>
</article_custom>

<txp:article_custom category="my-cat-name" related_links_order="">
	<txp:if_article_id>
	<txp:else />
		<li>
			<txp:permlink><txp:title /></txp:permlink>
		</li>
	</txp:if_article_id>
</txp:article_custom>

It’s calling two article lists, first the articles that have a sort value, and then the articles that don’t.
It’s possible that you need to wrap the entire block in <txp:if_individual_article> tags, for the <txp:if_article_id> (don’t display the current article) to work.

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#6 2009-05-16 18:17:55

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Re: Dictating category links order

Thx jsoo very much to you two, …excuse the bad pun :-P

I thought about reversing the sort order but then content editor would have to think, and thinking cost time and is extra hassle for them, but thx for the suggestion.

Els tried your approach, it didn’t work in my context, NP i’ll figure it out in the end :-)
But do have two questions:
1. Why did you use the <txp:if_article_id> tag, am i right in thinking that this would stop the rendering of the current article link?
2. In the second group tag <txp:article_custom category="my-cat-name" related_links_order=""> you use the ... related_links_order=""... as an attribute of the article_custom tag. Is that allowed ? surely not.

Last edited by Timid&friendly (2009-05-16 18:19:18)


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#7 2009-05-16 18:35:09

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Re: Dictating category links order

Timid&friendly wrote:

1. Why did you use the <txp:if_article_id> tag, am i right in thinking that this would stop the rendering of the current article link?

Yes, you are right. I’m using similar code on a site to display article excerpts in the sidebar. For individual article pages I wanted to exclude the current individual article from the list in the sidebar. Maybe it works differently if you have this code in an article form (I don’t know what other code you have in there), but I placed this code on the page and it didn’t work without surrounding if_individual_article tags.

2. In the second group tag <txp:article_custom category="my-cat-name" related_links_order=""> you use the ... related_links_order=""... as an attribute of the article_custom tag. Is that allowed ? surely not.

If your custom field is named ‘related_links_order’, it’s definitely allowed :) If you look at the Textbook tag page you will see an attribute customfieldname: “Restrict to articles with specified value for specified custom field name. Replace “customfieldname” with the name of the custom field.”

Els tried your approach, it didn’t work in my context, NP i’ll figure it out in the end :-)

It’s possible that it’s not quite right, I didn’t test it. Did you try to place the code directly on the page?
If you don’t figure it out, let me know!

Last edited by Els (2009-05-16 18:36:15)

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#8 2009-05-17 01:13:15

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Re: Dictating category links order

Kind of clunky, but:

<txp_article_custom sort="custom_3 asc" category="my-cat-name" offset="1">
	<txp:if_custom_field name="related_links_order">
	<txp:else />
	... article display tags here ...
	</txp:if_custom_field>
</txp:article_custom>

<txp:article_custom related_links_order="" category="my-cat-name" offset="1">
	... article display tags here ...
</txp:article_custom>

Of course you could use forms instead of article_custom as containers. Idea being the first list excludes articles with nothing in the relevant custom field, then the second list has only those articles. I don’t know if it’d work as written, but it’s an idea.


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#9 2009-05-18 16:29:07

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Re: Dictating category links order

I’ll check it out thx for your ideas

I tried them with no success. BUT that’s probably because i miss read Els’s comments and give you guys the wrong response … GRRRR pls forgive me ^^

Els wrote:

Am I right in assuming you are talking about links to articles, not to categories? And your code is inside an article form, displaying links to articles in the same category as the current article?

1. My code is on a section page, nested in an <txp:if_individual_article> tag, and not in an article form.
2. It is indeed displaying linked titles to articles in the current category

Last edited by Timid&friendly (2009-05-19 19:11:24)


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#10 2009-05-21 10:56:10

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Re: Dictating category links order

I confess i am very frustrated now :-(

No matter what i try and in whatever context i work, wether section page or article form i get the same results.
1. Success I can easily output only the articles with an empty custom_field.
2. Failure I can not separate articles with empty custom_field from articles with used custom_fields, (the empty custom_field articles are allows rendered as well).

It seems that this isn’t possible?


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