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New Collection Type

Started by on Aug 30, 2018 – Contents updated: Sep 02, 2018

Aug 30, 2018 19:14    

Name: Library

Purpose: To extend B2E's capability as a CMS.

Structure: Would consist of the Library collection itself, which would then include what you could call sub-collections such as departments, subjects, catalog, series,and individual manuals.

Department: What the sub-collection is about in general, science for example.
Subjects: Found under Department and concerned with those matters found under the Department. Geology for instance under Science.
Catalog: An index of volumes found in a library under such headings as Subject, Author, Title, and Series - if any.

The purpose of the Library is to help the site owner to organize his manuals, and to simplify any menus so they don't take over the front page. I'm asking for this because I'll be having a series of manuals coming up and I'd like to be able to display them under a single heading. Maybe call it "The Nook", where I and members of my community can find the site's manuals. It would basically be a convenience for the site owner, his staff, and any visitors to the site. And I would like to see it incorporated into B2E.

Aug 31, 2018 17:52

What you seem to be saying is a modified skin.
Departments > Subjects
Catalogue just seem to a list of items by various values

Can you show what you want the user interface to look like?

Aug 31, 2018 23:06

For my part I'm thinking of something like a library. Though you can always come up with something else.

Aug 31, 2018 23:24

And having thought about it for awhile here are my ideas on the look.

The front page would have an icon representing a library. The background illustration would be of a library,at first of an iconic one, though the library owner could use one of his own. Or, the illustration itself would be a link to the foyer.

The foyer would then have graphic representations of the various departments. Such as the portrait of a noted scientist for instance representing science.

The departments would then have graphic representations of the subjects found there in, such as an icon representing the history of modern France in the history department should there be any works on modern French history there.

In each subject page would be either an icon representing the manual in question. Or a library stack acting as a link to the icons should the library in question have a lot of volumes.

Where the manuals themselves are concerned you would have such as collections, series, multi-volume works, and individual volumes.

This is just my thinking, yours can always be quite different.

Sep 02, 2018 01:01

What you are describing is a skin to show the information and this does not relate to a different type of collection as in Manual. Photos, Forum etc.

So the question remains as to what function does the manual skin not have, not what graphs would best show of the way you would like to present data.

Sep 02, 2018 01:04

I believe that to map your vision on b2evos data structure, you need to take a manual collection and break it down into several sub-manuals sorted in a tree of categories/sub-categories. You can have an intro for each category that shows all the graphics you describe. Even list of sub-categories in a category will display all thumbnails as you describe.

You may also use several manual collections and arrange them in a 2 level menu by using the sections feature of b2evolution v7 + a site skin that supports a 2 level menu (some examples are bundled with b2evo v7)

b2evo v7 is in alpha stage at this time.

Sep 02, 2018 03:10

@fplanque wrote earlier:

I believe that to map your vision on b2evos data structure, you need to take a manual collection and break it down into several sub-manuals sorted in a tree of categories/sub-categories. You can have an intro for each category that shows all the graphics you describe. Even list of sub-categories in a category will display all thumbnails as you describe.

You may also use several manual collections and arrange them in a 2 level menu by using the sections feature of b2evolution v7 + a site skin that supports a 2 level menu (some examples are bundled with b2evo v7)

b2evo v7 is in alpha stage at this time.

That is a good description of what I'm looking for. Of course such a collection could well be a multi-layer affair, not just two. Perhaps a two layer collection at first, but with the option to expand later.

M. Plangue, you give me hope.


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