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  • Hello Mate,

    Good plugin, I have been using it on a new site I am building and it works well.

    Just a quick question about future functionality, I see that you can define drop down lists and assign the values / keys to them.

    This works well overall, but I wanted to know will you be implementing any functionality in the future to allow for conditional drop down lists, for example:

    If we create one content type called “Cars” where I list different car information and then a secondary content type called “Spare Parts” where I want to list all of the spares parts we have, is there a way as such to include all of the “Cars” I have created in a drop down list for the “Spare Parts” type? As a visual example:

    – Nissan Skyline R32
    – Year Model: 1990
    – Description: This is the nissan skyline R32
    – Price: $2000

    – Nissan Skyline R33
    – Year Model: 1995
    – Description: This is the nissan skyline R34
    – Price: $5000

    – Nissan Skyline R34
    – Year Model: 1998
    – Description: This is the nissan skyline R34
    – Price: $8000

    Spare Parts
    – Part Name: Use Clutch
    – Part Condition: Use – Good Condition
    – Part Price: $500
    – Belongs to what car:
    (Here is the drop down list I want taking values from ‘Cars’)
    – Nissan Skyline R32
    – Nissan Skyline R33
    – Nissan Skyline R34

    Somewhat confusing, and I am sure very difficult to create as there would need to be a new type defined that takes its value from another predefined type and field.

    I hope to hear back from you 😛

    Kind Regards

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  • Plugin Contributor fireproofsocks


    No plans to do that, and here’s why: 99% of the time, the conditions are so customized that it’s prohibitively difficult to normalize the controls required. I mean, seriously, defining such a ruleset would make a rocket launch look trivial, and can you imagine normalizing the Javascript logic required? It’s all possible, I’m sure, but holy smokes, without a huge budget, I wouldn’t touch that with a 10 foot pole. Having written flow forms for insurance companies, I know that the car/model/options flow gets insane. As soon as you get into flows that complicated, WP itself becomes more laborious as a platform.

    YOU can, however, edit the manager HTML used to generate those fields and you can add your own javascript. See the All the custom fields use formatting strings (i.e. templates, or “tpls”) to format their output, and you can define your own custom HTML strings to handle your own customizations — just add your own javascript to taste. Some users have customized these to do EXACTLY what you are asking about: responsive UI. It’s just unlikely that stuff like that would ever make it into the core.

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