While on holidays last week I had an idea for the software. If you look
at most guide books that contain listings, they tend to use icons to
briefly show the features of each listing. So a pub guide will have
icons that mean food availabile, real ale available, kid friendly, open
weekends etc etc.
I think this could be good in the OG software, particularly for search
results. Each category could _optionally_ have an icon associated with
it (in large and small versions?) that will show up in search results
matching nodes that have this category alongside the short description
and title. The large version would be used on the node page, the small
version on the search results.
Some open issues on this that I haven't thought through to conclusion
You'd probably want to restrict this to specific categories, rather than
a free-for-all, and some icons would be more important. Perhaps a
server-level config setting for which category icons to use? Or a
priority ranking of category icons to use, with a maximum number of
icons for each node in a results list?
You'd want to be able to quickly scan a list to compare the results for
features, so they should show up in the same order regardless of result.
We'd want to be able to keep the icon sizes consistent in some manner,
or they'll look really funny.
Finally, this could have some serious performance issues if the icon for
each category needs to be looked up in the category node for every
result in a search.
Rev Simon Rumble <simon(a)rumble.net>
The Tourist Engineer
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