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Category Icon [message #33958] Thu, 28 September 2006 16:03 Go to next message
Ernesto is currently offline  Ernesto   Sweden
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You can select Forum icons, but you cannot choose a category icon, which if you ask me would be pretty nice and actually more useful (in some ways) than forum icons.

This specific forum does not really use the categories as subjects, but imagine a forum that uses for example the following setup:

Car Forum:

Cat: Porsche
Forum: Spare parts
Forum: Tweaking
Forum: Buy & Sell

Cat: Volvo
Forum: Rusty parts
Forum: Get it to run
Forum: Give away

So, in case of the above setup, one would use for example a porche logotype in front of the Category name to even more show that this is the Porsche category and here we talk about all things Porsche. (Because you would for example wanna use a screwdriver on the Spare Parts forum, and a Dollar sign on the Buy $ Sell forum)


Re: Category Icon [message #33960 is a reply to message #33958] Fri, 29 September 2006 09:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ilia is currently offline  Ilia   Canada
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Interesting idea, I have not thought of such an application to be honest with you.

Technically you can already do that since category name and description can contain HTML, so you can simply put <img src> tag into into and have your icon in there...

I would not be opposed to adding an icon field to the categories, but I'd like to hear from other users if that's something that they would classify as common need/use.


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Re: Category Icon [message #34768 is a reply to message #33958] Fri, 17 November 2006 03:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Dustin Kowalski is currently offline  Dustin Kowalski   United Kingdom
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It's an interesting idea, but if we can already insert an image using <img src> tags, is there really any need to implement it?
Re: Category Icon [message #34772 is a reply to message #33958] Fri, 17 November 2006 04:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ernesto is currently offline  Ernesto   Sweden
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Well, if you want a different image for different categories you would have to make some form of IF statement, which wouldnt be all that smooth in the template.

I looked at a bunch of forums, and alot of them use the setup that I suggested. Me myself, I run a gaming community, where all categories are dedicated to different games like this:

Game 1
------------
General chatter
Tips & Tricks
Hardware discussions
Videos


(or something like that)

It would of course cost an SQL query, but I think it could easily be worth it.

I can of course apply the "hack" myself, just thought I could suggest it for the communitys sake.


Re: Category Icon [message #34777 is a reply to message #33958] Fri, 17 November 2006 08:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Dustin Kowalski is currently offline  Dustin Kowalski   United Kingdom
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Heh!

That would actually help me out with my forums actually. Granted, I *could* use HTML, but if it's already there, so much the better.

As for IF statements and so on; I'm not a programmer, so that would be problematic for people like me, so I think that Ernesto's point would certainly be valuable to the forum at large.

I second his opinion, if that counts for anything, Ilya http://www.jeb.org.uk/forumoj/images/smiley_icons/WinkSmile.png
Re: Category Icon [message #34783 is a reply to message #34777] Fri, 17 November 2006 10:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Templates support conditional expressions so you can put your IF statements there...

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Re: Category Icon [message #35004 is a reply to message #33958] Fri, 01 December 2006 09:53 Go to previous message
_wj_ is currently offline  _wj_   Ukraine
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Yes, it will be useful.
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