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Field Descriptions Extended

This module enables you to extend field descriptions by dividing short descriptions with a longer text that is revealed in a toggle.

Modules Directory: http://modules.processwire.com/modules/field-descriptions-extended/

Github: https://github.com/outflux3/FieldDescriptionsExtended

Extending your field descriptions using the standard field's description field.

Once this module is installed, it will automatically search your description field for the presence of 5 dashes (-----).
Any content above the 5 dashes will be visible and the content below the dashes will be hidden. A 'More...' link will appear at the end of the short description which when clicked will reveal the rest of the description.

Using Simple Markdown Editor with the description field

If you have Simple Markdown Editor (InputfieldSimpleMDE) installed, you can enable the field description to have that editor.
*When using Simple MDE, you can use the button (Insert Horizontal Line) instead of typing 5 dashes. More about SimpleMDE.

Extending your field descriptions using content from a ProcessWire Page for the field description.

You may use the content from a ProcessWire page as a field description. This would allow you to easily insert images, links, and use hanna codes.
To use page content for your field descriptions, please follow these instructions:

  1. Install Select Fields module (FieldtypeFields) http://modules.processwire.com/modules/fieldtype-fields/
  2. Create a new field using this field type, e.g. field_select.
  3. Add the field to any template you will be using for your field descriptions.
  4. Setup your help pages (for example under a settings branch) where you will store the field description content,using the template containing the Field Select.
  5. Add content to a page and select the field where that content should show. To show a short text before the link to the longer content, separate them with 5 dashes
  6. Be sure to update your settings on this page, first enable page content descriptions,then specify the name of the Select Fields field, template to search, and content field.

If you create a field description using this method, please note that the description field must be blank for contexts where you want the page content to appear.
You can freely use template context for field descriptions, but the Page Content method is not context sensitive and will display under all contexts where the description is blank.

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original post:

This is a new module, hope to release soon, which allows extended field descriptions, in currently 2 ways.

The main feature of the module is that you can have a short description and then a 'more...' link which drops down a longer block of text.
This is achieved by separating the intro/visible text and the rest with 5 dashes.

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Example setup:

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the 2nd way is if you are using AdminThemeUiKit, you can show extended field instructions in a panel. The content of the panel is edited on a regular PW page. This use case would probably not be that common, but if you had a field that required some extended instructions for how to use, this could be useful; Also, since this allows you to target information and instructions down at the field level, it could reduce the amount of documentation needed on a global level, since it is a lot more context targeted.

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very nice :)

in the second example: where does the content come from? a regular page that is linked? what kind of panel is this? is there a reason why you use an uikit panel instead of the built in pw-panel?

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25 minutes ago, bernhard said:

in the second example: where does the content come from? a regular page that is linked? what kind of panel is this? is there a reason why you use an uikit panel instead of the built in pw-panel?

The 'page content for field description' option works along side the split content; so it is possible to use both as is show in the screen captures. When using the page content option, the content is from a page (e.g. under help pages). The aim is to make it configurable where you can specify which field to use for the content; the textformatters are applied, so you can use markdown if preferred; Right now it is hardcoded to use the body field.

For determining which field to show a link to the page's content on in the description, currently in my usage i have a FieldtypeFields field where you select the field that the content should show up on. The other option would be to just use a text field and have users enter the name of the field, or if multiple then a space or comma separated list; Having the selectable fields using that inputfield is very convenient though and maybe less error prone.

On UiKit theme it uses the uikit panel to show the help info; the actual content is already on the page, output in a hidden div next to the inputfield; so i don't think pw-panel will work since that is all about iframes. I had thought about the idea of creating a process module that would output the content from any page and then be able to use pw-panel, but i'm not sure if it needs to go there, as it would add another sub-module;

On the other themes it shows that content in magnific popup. The main reason i like the panel better than using a popup overall is that i actually have clients who are not super computer savvy or experienced and they are confused by popups and overlays, i've had them close the window because they didn't realize that they were still on the page.

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The module is now up on Github in case anyone wants to test it or give it a try.

Some additional features were added, like the ability to use SimpleMDE for field descriptions (on the field edit screen).

There are probably still some things in this module that could be improved overall, but fundamentally it works well and is in heavy use on one site.

This module is being used instead of the Admin Help module now in most cases, because typically the info that editors need to access is always about a specific field, so general instructions on the page editor (like in the help tab or lightbox) do not help as much as here, where targeted/contextual info about how to interact with a specific field is a click away.

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This module was finally released and in the Modules Directory:

http://modules.processwire.com/modules/field-descriptions-extended/

Future Plans:

  1. Make the 'more' text configurable, as well as multi-langauage
  2. allow specification of which field to use for Field Selection, where the selected field on any content page would be a candidate to get the extended field description (in panel or modal) treatment.
  3. allow specification of which field to use for the content, when in "Page Content for Field Description" mode.

oops, just realized the module already does #2 & #3:

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@netcarver - thanks for the compliment!

Hope someone else finds this useful; for me this has become a life-saver and the clients/editors have given a lot of positive feedback, and less questions/problems/confusion...  saves a ton on screen real estate when you absolutely have to have a fairly verbose field description, since you can hide most of it under the reveal...

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I'm surprised that I actually missed this module.  I will definitely give it a workout on a few projects.  Thanks for your work on quite a few productive modules.

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Hi @Macrura

This has a side effect if used on a field that is set to Ajax open (closed and ajax load only when opened) - the entire text is shown, sans link, before the ajax load completes and is shown again, with the 'more' link, once the load completes...

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Hi @netcarver - ok thanks for the report; i'll have to investigate this with ajax opened fields, have not used those much, and didn't test; hopefully it will be a simple fix...

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Seems like a nice addition to your in-place documentation module suite, @Macrura:

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I think that with PW in-place docs are a real help for editors. And you are the expert in this field. I would love to read or watch a screencast about all those modules used together. If you could find time to share your knowledge, that would surely be an awesome gift to the community.

And yes, that is just a fancy way to ask something free for myself 😔

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@Ivan Gretsky  -thanks; sure - in short:

FieldDescriptionsExtended

Enhanced field descriptions

ProcessDocumentation

Main function is to provide help pages in the admin which can be separate, and navigable; Since you can control the pages, it allows admins to have any documentation page open in a separate tab or window; contrasting to Admin Help, which has the help information either contextually on the Template (in a tab) or all in 1 process page inside an accordion.

This module also allows editors to download a PDF of the help page for offline reading, as well as various other helpers.

AdminHelp

Original module, not being actively maintained, but soon all of the elements of this module would be covered by ProcessDocumentation. Still helpful if you want the simple help tab on a template, or some basic documentation for a site, all on 1 process page, in an accordion.

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The next version of ProcessDocumentation will include a feature to show help content contextually on any template, using a help icon in the breadcrumbs bar instead of down in the editor tabs. In addition it will allow for showing expandable/collapsible help text at the top of any Lister/ListerPro. So in the end, ProcessDocumentation should cover most needs for fully documenting and providing help for any admin.

 

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On 7/20/2018 at 6:06 AM, netcarver said:

This has a side effect if used on a field that is set to Ajax open (closed and ajax load only when opened) - the entire text is shown, sans link, before the ajax load completes and is shown again, with the 'more' link, once the load completes...

An update was made to the module to fix this;

Please proceed cautiously and if you experience any errors or unexpected behavior let me know and revert to the previous version.

bunch of things got moved around in the module; testing was done and all seems to work fine, but due to the large number of changes in this update, caution is advised;

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Thanks for the update and warning note, @Macrura. I'll test this later on a development box.

Update: Seems to work for me now, thank you!

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The module instructions are rendered here on pw 3.0.108 as plain text instead html. Changing line 456-457 to this solves the issue (removing translate function):

$f->markupText = file_get_contents(__DIR__ . '/instructions.php');

Perhaps this happens only on a multilanguage site or where SimpleMDE is not installed?

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@tpr - thanks, no idea what the issue is, it works fine here, but i can make that change, as this issue was reported on another module, i think it is multilang related

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Ok, thanks! I was about to try the module but I wasn't able to get through this 🙂

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ok thanks for trying it – i will put this in the next update, in the meantime if you can make that fix, you should be able to use it (?)

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Sure, I was just more interested in the cause but will try the module soon 🙂

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      // $page->date is a Datetime field // Output format: j/n/Y echo $page->date; // 20/10/2020 echo $page->date->add('7 days'); // 27/10/2020 echo $page->date->format('l, F j'); // Monday, October 20 echo $page->date->year; // 2020 echo $page->date->diffForHumans(); // 28 minutes ago Frontend only
      The ProcessWire admin seems to expect datetime fields to be strings. This module will only return Carbon instances on frontend page views.
      Date output format
      When casting a Carbon instance to a string (usually when outputting the field in a template), the field's date output format will be respected.
      Links
      GitHub • Readme • Carbon docs
       
       
      PS. I remember reading about a Carbon module in a recent newsletter, but couldn't find it anywhere. Was that you, @bernhard?
    • By MoritzLost
      TrelloWire
      This is a module that allows you to automatically create Trello cards for ProcessWire pages and update them when the pages are updated. This allows you to setup connected workflows. Card properties and change handling behaviour can be customized through the extensive module configuration. Every action the module performs is hookable, so you can modify when and how cards are created as much as you need to. The module also contains an API-component that makes it easy to make requests to the Trello API and build your own connected ProcessWire-Trello workflows.
      Warning: This module requires ProcessWire 3.0.167 which is above the current stable master release at the moment.
      Features
      All the things the module can do for you without any custom code: Create a new card on Trello whenever a page is added or published (you can select applicable templates). Configure the target board, target list, name and description for new cards. Add default labels and checklists to the card. Update the card whenever the page is updated (optional). When the status of the card changes (published / unpublished, hidden / unhidden, trashed / restored or deleted), move the card to a different list or archive or delete it (configurable). You can extend this through hooks in many ways: Modifiy when and how cards are created. Modify the card properties (Target board & list, title, description, et c.) before they are sent to Trello. Create your own workflows by utilizing an API helper class with many convenient utility methods to access the Trello API directly. Feedback & Future Plans
      Let me know what you think! In particular:
      If you find any bugs report them here or on Github, I'll try to fix them. This module was born out of a use-case for a client project where we manage new form submissions through Trello. I'm not sure how many use-cases there are for this module. If you do use it, tell me about it! The Trello API is pretty extensive, I'll try to add some more helper methods to the TrelloWireApi class (let me know if you need anything in particular). I'll think about how the module can support different workflows that include Twig – talk to me if you have a use-case! Next steps could be a dashboard to manage pages that are connected to a Trello card, or a new section in the settings tab to manage the Trello connection. But it depends on whether there is any interest in this 🙂 Links
      Repository on Github Complete module documentation (getting started, configuration & API documentation) TrelloWire in the modules directory Module configuration

    • By David Karich
      ProcessWire InputfieldRepeaterMatrixDuplicate
      Thanks to the great ProModule "RepeaterMatrix" I have the possibility to create complex repeater items. With it I have created a quite powerful page builder. Many different content modules, with many more possible design options. The RepeaterMatrix module supports the cloning of items, but only within the same page. Now I often have the case that very design-intensive pages and items are created. If you want to use a content module on a different page (e.g. in the same design), you have to rebuild each item manually every time.
      This module extends the commercial ProModule "RepeaterMatrix" by the function to duplicate repeater items from one page to another page. The condition is that the target field is the same matrix field from which the item is duplicated. This module is currently understood as proof of concept. There are a few limitations that need to be considered. The intention of the module is that this functionality is integrated into the core of RepeaterMatrix and does not require an extra module.
      Check out the screencast
      What the module can do
      Duplicate multible repeater items from one page to another No matter how complex the item is Full support for file and image fields Multilingual support Support of Min and Max settings Live synchronization of clipboard between multiple browser tabs. Copy an item and simply switch the browser tab to the target page and you will immediately see the past button Support of multiple RepeaterMatrix fields on one page Configurable which roles and fields are excluded Configurable dialogs for copy and paste Duplicated items are automatically pasted to the end of the target field and set to hidden status so that changes are not directly published Automatic clipboard update when other items are picked Automatically removes old clipboard data if it is not pasted within 6 hours Delete clipboard itself by clicking the selected item again Benefit: unbelievably fast workflow and content replication What the module can't do
      Before an item can be duplicated in its current version, the source page must be saved. This means that if you make changes to an item and copy this, the old saved state will be duplicated Dynamic loading is currently not possible. Means no AJAX. When pasting, the target page is saved completely No support for nested repeater items. Currently only first level items can be duplicated. Means a repeater field in a repeater field cannot be duplicated. Workaround: simply duplicate the parent item Dynamic reloading and adding of repeater items cannot be registered. Several interfaces and events from the core are missing. The initialization occurs only once after the page load event Attention, please note!
      Nested repeaters cannot be supported technically. Therefore a check is made to prevent this. However, a nested repeater can only be detected if the field name ends for example with "_repeater1234". For example, if your MatrixRepeater field is named like this: "content_repeater" or "content_repeater123", this field is identified as nested and the module does not load. In version 2.0.1 the identification has been changed so that a field ending with the name repeater is only detected as nested if at least a two-digit number sequence follows. But to avoid this problem completely, make sure that your repeater matrix field does NOT end with the name "repeater".
      Changelog
       
      2.0.1
      Bug fix: Thanks to @ngrmm I could discover a bug which causes that the module cannot be loaded if the MatrixRepeater field ends with the name "repeater". The code was adjusted and information about the problem was provided 2.0.0
      Feature: Copy multiple items at once! The fundament for copying multiple items was created by @Autofahrn - THX! Feature: Optionally you can disable the copy and/or paste dialog Bug fix: A fix suggestion when additional and normal repeater fields are present was contributed by @joshua - THX! 1.0.4
      Bug fix: Various bug fixes and improvements in live synchronization Bug fix: Items are no longer inserted when the normal save button is clicked. Only when the past button is explicitly clicked Feature: Support of multiple repeater fields in one page Feature: Support of repeater Min/Max settings Feature: Configurable roles and fields Enhancement: Improved clipboard management Enhancement: Documentation improvement Enhancement: Corrected few typos #1 1.0.3
      Feature: Live synchronization Enhancement: Load the module only in the backend Enhancement: Documentation improvement 1.0.2
      Bug fix: Various bug fixes and improvements in JS functions Enhancement: Documentation improvement Enhancement: Corrected few typos 1.0.1
      Bug fix: Various bug fixes and improvements in the duplication process 1.0.0
      Initial release Support this module
      If this module is useful for you, I am very thankful for your small donation: Donate 5,- Euro (via PayPal – or an amount of your choice. Thank you!)
      Download this module (Version 2.0.1)
      > Github: https://github.com/FlipZoomMedia/InputfieldRepeaterMatrixDuplicate
      > PW module directory: https://modules.processwire.com/modules/inputfield-repeater-matrix-duplicate/
      > Old stable version (1.0.4): https://github.com/FlipZoomMedia/InputfieldRepeaterMatrixDuplicate/releases/tag/1.0.4
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