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#1 2010-07-09 10:26:41

Bloke
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smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

In response to a request from wornout this tiny plugin simply allows you to type categories directly in a new box on the Write tab (beneath the existing category selects) to have them created and assigned to your article automatically when you save it.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Download it and report the usual goodness / badness / indifferenceness here.

Revision history
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All available versions and changes are listed here. Each entry indexes the relevant post(s) in the thread to learn about the features.

  • 06 Jul 10 | 0.10 | Initial release
  • 11 Jul 10 | 0.20 | Added parent-child assignment ; fixed ‘article’ type selection (thanks monkeyninja / Uli) ; made tests case insensitive to prevent duplicate cats being created ; prevented ‘root’ being added to category1/2 ; added edit class to input box and made sure only people who have category privs can create them (thanks Uli)

Last edited by Bloke (2010-07-11 13:04:45)


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#2 2010-07-09 12:41:17

monkeyninja
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

I’ve been considering writing a plugin like this for a while now. Seems like I won’t have to. Thanks Stef.

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#3 2010-07-09 12:51:11

Bloke
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

monkeyninja wrote:

I’ve been considering writing a plugin like this for a while now. Seems like I won’t have to. Thanks Stef.

No worries. I wrote + documented it in under an hour so if you can think of any improvements or places it’ll fall over, please holler. I think I tested it with what I consider to be a fairly full set of inputs, but I may have missed something in my haste.

I did wonder if it could be enhanced so you could specify Muppets-->Kermit, Area-->Entertainment and it’d insert Kermit and Entertainment under the given parent nodes. Not sure how many people would use it.

If there’s a clamouring for this kind of thing (or someone comes up with a better syntax) I can add it fairly easily. I’ve done this in my dev copy of smd_tags so it’d be a fairly simple copy, paste ‘n’ tweak job.


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#4 2010-07-09 13:03:28

uli
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

, , as usual, some extra goodness Thanks, Stef!


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#5 2010-07-09 17:40:29

monkeyninja
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

Bloke wrote:

I did wonder if it could be enhanced so you could specify Muppets-->Kermit, Area-->Entertainment and it’d insert Kermit and Entertainment under the given parent nodes. Not sure how many people would use it.

Perhaps a Muppets>Kermit format would be simpler and clearer? Certainly could see a use for it if people like using hierarchical category structures.

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#6 2010-07-09 19:10:02

Bloke
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

monkeyninja wrote:

Perhaps a Muppets>Kermit format would be simpler and clearer?

Yeah that’d be nice. I was just trying to choose a character sequence that wouldn’t be likely to appear in someone’s Category titles though. The single greater-than seems, to me, a little risky. I could always make it a preference I suppose.

EDIT: Uli has pointed out that the categories are created even if the person doesn’t have category creation privs. Naughty me. I’ll fix that asap.

Last edited by Bloke (2010-07-09 19:10:47)


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#7 2010-07-09 19:35:29

monkeyninja
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

Bloke wrote:

Yeah that’d be nice. I was just trying to choose a character sequence that wouldn’t be likely to appear in someone’s Category titles though. The single greater-than seems, to me, a little risky. I could always make it a preference I suppose.

A preference would be great.

I’ve just given the plugin a try and come across something a little odd. It works great unless I try and add the category “Textpattern”! Tried a number of other category names and it created them, or added them, perfectly. Looking at your code I can’t see any obvious reason why I should not be able to add this category. Otherwise it’s looking good.

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#8 2010-07-09 19:47:32

Bloke
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

monkeyninja wrote:

A preference would be great.

Working on it. Might have to be a hidden pref ‘cos I can’t be arsed making an entire screen for this one little thing (btw, things are afoot to help plugin authors in this regard but I’ll reveal more as TXP 5 takes shape — it’s not a 4.3.0 thing).

I’ve just given the plugin a try and come across something a little odd. It works great unless I try and add the category “Textpattern”!

Totally bizarre. I’ll check that one out, thanks for the report.

I’ve just found another subtle bug that might affect you if you make multi-word categories; it won’t correctly check if the category exists. I’m fixing that now as part of the Parent->Child thing.


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#9 2010-07-09 19:50:05

monkeyninja
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

Bloke wrote:

(btw, things are afoot to help plugin authors in this regard but I’ll reveal more as TXP 5 takes shape — it’s not a 4.3.0 thing).

You’ve got me intrigued now. Spoilers?

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#10 2010-07-09 20:04:59

uli
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Re: smd_write_cats: create categories on the fly from the Write tab

monkeyninja wrote:

It works great unless I try and add the category “Textpattern”!

Seems like it has to do with the vanilla link-category “Textpattern”.

Stef, if you work on adding nested categories, separator prefs etc:
I’d prefer to write it Kermit-->Muppets, read: category Kermit goes into category Muppets.

Is it possible to have a separate pref for exchanging the order of mother and child categories fields?


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