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[resolved] Do you plan on adding the ability to add multiple columns? (8 posts)

  1. Caps
    Blocked
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This plug has great potential for adding magazine like copy using multiple columns - is this planned?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/smart-wysiwyg-blocks-of-content/

  2. Coen Jacobs
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for reporting, but it is not likely that this will be added.

    I think columns (and all other forms of content 'shaping') is theme territory and should therefore not be modified by a plugin.

  3. Caps
    Blocked
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Actually this all could be taken care of by shaping classes to perform multiple columns for the default text editor. Open containers (theme DIV tag) presented within the theme would be available to create multiple columns and would allow the non coder to present content as magazine like format. As a WordPress plugin developer, it is quite interesting you are unaware of these possibilities.

  4. Coen Jacobs
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    I think you misunderstood what I meant in my previous comment. I fully get that plugins are capable of doing that (we are doing that in the WooCommerce plugin up to a certain level, allowing theme overrides), but I think they should not.

    Giving ability to shape columns in content is very much depending on what a theme makes it look like, so the functionality should be based in the theme imho.

    All in all, this will not be implemented in my plugin since other plugins can easily hook this into any content, including Smart Blocks.

  5. Caps
    Blocked
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I am not quite understanding your statement. If Smart Blocks = Smart WYSIWYG Blocks Of Content then your statement has little logic. If Smart Blocks does not create multiple columns, as you have stated, then why are you referring to Smart Blocks?

    I am looking for a solution which produces magazine like output for the non coder (no bother with tags). The text automatically flows from one column to the other depending on the client's font settings and the page length. Where is this plugin which plugs into a theme?

  6. Coen Jacobs
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    I was trying to explain that my SWBOC plugin is not going to enable you to create columns in your content. It uses the default editor, is in fact using a post type and uses the overal WordPress interface. In short: It enables every single plugin to extend this functionality, even a plugin that allows you to create columns.

    This plugin feature set is limited to displaying rich content on various locations in your site. It doesn't matter if it contains columns or not, it just enables you to show it everywhere. Adding columns to a post (or SWBOC smart block for that matter) is another plugins territory and can be used seamlessly in my plugin.

    Is this clear to you? It is not that I don't want to support it, but it is not suitable for most users of this plugin, it is easy to add via another plugin and is not what my plugin is made for. I think a plugin should focus on what it does best and not pull in every single feature you can think of because you can.

  7. Caps
    Blocked
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I think a plugin should focus on what it does best and not pull in every single feature you can think of because you can.

    Allowing a content provider and not coder to add at will, multiple columns is a basic need. Unfortunate its seems as do not share this view. There are already 2 plugins which achieve this, I was interested why you have not created the classes within your plugin. It seems it would be a natural.

    Multiple columns should be a function of the text editor with the inclusion of the creation of classes which then works with any template/theme. The idea is to grant the non-coder the ability to add multiple columns with any WP theme's page div tags.

    Thanks for your responses,

    Caps

  8. Coen Jacobs
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    What is that makes you not understand my statement? Each and every plugin (or theme) that allows you to add columns to a post or page, can be used inside a Smart Block. It is just that it isn't there by default, since not everybody is going to use it and should therefore be optional to add.

    I'm not talking about adding it as a coder only, I agree that a content writer should be able to add columns. But that is not really part of the discussion here. Both a theme and plugin can easily enable a content author to do add columns in content.

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