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Sections headers in FAQ 8 years 7 months ago #1

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Would it be feasible to have section headers in the FAQ?

webtrees is such a vast project, that different types of questions need answering. To name some:
  1. basic questions about how webtrees works in itself
  2. 'customised' tips for the visitor to get most out of it (mostly concerning the features of webtrees I exploit to make genealogy interesting for the wider public)
  3. questions from (candidate) co-operators
  4. information about genealogical policy and conventions followed

To minimize programming, may I suggest making just a layout change, by treating 'questions' without answer as a section header, with a slightly more prominent font type than real questions that do have an answer?

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Sections headers in FAQ 8 years 7 months ago #2

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I understand what you mean, in an ideal world I might agree with you. But the reality is fewer than 1% of webtrees sites I am aware of (and I've looked at hundreds) use FAQs of any sort, let alone enough that would warrant a more complex structure. So, the chances of any work in this area getting any level of priority seems very remote.

I realise that your suggested solution might not be hard to achieve, but given that it would need to also be implemented across 6 standard (and countless custom) themes or perhaps more if each 'colors' variant needed to be different, maintenance is another matter. It is also more of a 'hack' than a real solution.

Can I suggest a better alternative (and perhaps one webtrees should perhaps consider as a permanent solution to FAQs) might be to use purpose-built FAQ software. One excellent product I am aware of is phpMyFAQ . Its free, php based, and very flexible. It would not take you much effort to theme it to match webtrees, and add a menu item for it to replace the standard webtrees solution. I might even experiment with it myself.
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It can very well be true that the FAQ feature is not widely used. I myself explored it only last week, after 2 years of using webtrees. Instead of trying to incorporate another software, I may try your simple_page or simple_menu2 plugin instead.

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I've got a working model of FAQs using MyPhpFaq. Its a very capable system. I think it will give me an opportunity to re-think my own FAQs, which tend to be too long. I can categories (or even sub-categorise) and have shorter more pointed FAQs.

It also adds features like "Top most viewed" and "Recently added".

I've taken a lot of the functionality of the code away (menu tabs, user management, varied access privileges, etc.) as webtrees doesn't need them, leaving a much cleaner integrated look.

In a few more days I should have a demo available to use.

I agree that you could spend time producing a similar output with basic HTML and simpl_pages, but this does all the hard work for you. I'm quite excited about the possibilities. Keep any eye out for "simpl_faqs" :-)
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Keep any eye out for "simpl_faqs"

I certainly will!
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Would it be worth considering implementation of phpMyFAQ into the forum here?

If it included the bulk of the questions that users ask over and over again, this might reduce the need for the same response by the developers over and over again…

(Of course, if no-one ever reads/searches the forum, or reads/searches the wiki, then why would they read/search any FAQs?)
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Sections headers in FAQ 8 years 7 months ago #7

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Would it be worth considering implementation of phpMyFAQ into the forum here?

If it included the bulk of the questions that users ask over and over again, this might reduce the need for the same response by the developers over and over again…

(Of course, if no-one ever reads/searches the forum, or reads/searches the wiki, then why would they read/search any FAQs?)


I think you answered your own question :-)
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Keep any eye out for "simpl_faqs"

I certainly will!


I'm 'blogging' my experience with phpMyFAQ here: kiwitrees.net/modifying-webtrees/an-alte...webtrees-faq-module/
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Sections headers in FAQ 8 years 6 months ago #9

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Thanks to support from the creator of phpMyFAQ and some keen webtrees users I now have a successful set of instructions for incorporating that software within webtrees pages. As well as the (now 5) blog articles referred to in the last post , you can view the finished article on my own site at www.our-families.info/phpmyfaq.php
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Sections headers in FAQ 8 years 6 months ago #10

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Nigel - Since you've had the cooperation of the coder and it seems to work nicely (much more attractive than current code), will you be submitting this to the code base then?
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Sections headers in FAQ 8 years 6 months ago #11

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No, absolutely not. It's not "integrated", it is "displayed", which is quite sufficient in my view. 99% of webtrees users don't even use the existing system, let alone something as complex as this. It's not too hard to do if its wanted by anyone.i also prefer the concept of add-ons to building in excess code.
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