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Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data

Hiding the Body field


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Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data

with Tom Geller

Video: Hiding the Body field

When we went through the process of creating a custom Content type, we ran into Drupal's two default fields: Title and Body, but we didn't want to use either of them. Technically speaking, you can't get rid of them, however you can hide them to make data entry easier and more user-friendly. We'll start with the Body field, which is easier to get rid of, but first let's take a look at what exactly a Body field is. We'll do so with the node we created in our custom Content type of Person. It has two custom fields as well: Personal name and Family name. To edit this node, click on the Title, and Edit. You remember we can't actually get rid of the Title and we don't have to put anything in the Body. In this case I'm going to put something in the Body just so we can see what happens with content when we get rid of that Body field.
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  1. 12m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Reviewing requirements
      3m 35s
    3. Using the exercise files
      3m 11s
    4. Touring examples of data visualization
      4m 58s
  2. 27m 56s
    1. Planning data structure
      8m 26s
    2. Importing and manipulating data
      6m 40s
    3. Looking at Drupal's database
      6m 13s
    4. Deciding whether to store personal data as nodes or users
      6m 37s
  3. 1h 13m
    1. Understanding the Content Construction Kit (CCK)
      4m 57s
    2. Creating new content types with CCK
      7m 26s
    3. Hiding the Body field
      2m 46s
    4. Reflecting CCK field data in the Title field
      7m 28s
    5. Managing CCK field placement
      7m 34s
    6. Exploring CCK's other features
      8m 22s
    7. Using other CCK field types
      3m 25s
    8. Adding date information as a CCK field
      8m 43s
    9. Including images as CCK fields
      10m 23s
    10. Connecting content to existing nodes
      5m 58s
    11. Using taxonomies to categorize and group data
      5m 59s
  4. 53m 54s
    1. Understanding why views are useful
      6m 12s
    2. Using SimpleViews to create basic content views
      5m 49s
    3. Diving into the Views interface
      11m 16s
    4. Adding fields to a view
      7m 12s
    5. Understanding iconic controls in the Views interface
      7m 15s
    6. Surveying the Sort, Filter, and Field options in Views
      5m 40s
    7. Adding view displays as pages, blocks, and RSS feeds
      10m 30s
  5. 43m 34s
    1. Overriding default settings on view displays
      8m 56s
    2. Attaching more information to views
      10m 57s
    3. Improving view appearances with grid, list, and table formatting
      9m 20s
    4. Surveying other basic display settings in Views
      11m 3s
    5. Altering a view's appearance through CSS
      3m 18s
  6. 55m 8s
    1. Importing, exporting, and cloning views
      6m 9s
    2. Controlling access to views
      7m 19s
    3. Learning from built-in views
      5m 52s
    4. Creating views that aren't based on nodes
      10m 6s
    5. Extending views with arguments
      10m 17s
    6. Extending views with relationships
      7m 2s
    7. Going further with relationships
      8m 23s
  7. 46m 40s
    1. Understanding geographic data
      4m 26s
    2. Setting up the Location module
      16m 20s
    3. Entering geographic data with the Location module
      10m 10s
    4. Displaying basic maps with the GMap module
      6m 43s
    5. Integrating the GMap module with Views
      9m 1s
  8. 54m 21s
    1. Exporting data in tabular form
      11m 25s
    2. Planning with the calendar modules
      11m 31s
    3. Using the Charts module and Google Charts
      7m 11s
    4. Graphing data with Open Flash Chart
      4m 50s
    5. Making important data pop out with tag clouds
      7m 46s
    6. Putting it all together in an attractive package
      11m 38s
  9. 36s
    1. Conclusion
      36s

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Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data
6h 8m Intermediate Jul 01, 2009

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Drupal's built-in data presentation tools offer several ways for web designers to clearly and attractively package their data. In Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data, Tom Geller explains how Drupal handles data so users can set up intelligent structures and implement them with Drupal's Content Construction Kit. Tom also shows how a data-driven web site can improve its interactivity by using geographic data to connect real-world addresses to maps. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Importing and manipulating data in Drupal
  • Presenting date-formatted information in calendars
  • Understanding Drupal's data-query interface, "Views"
  • Improving view appearances with grid, list, and table formatting
  • Importing, exporting, and cloning views
  • Extending views with arguments and relationships
Subjects:
Web CMS Web Development
Software:
Drupal
Author:
Tom Geller

Hiding the Body field

When we went through the process of creating a custom Content type, we ran into Drupal's two default fields: Title and Body, but we didn't want to use either of them. Technically speaking, you can't get rid of them, however you can hide them to make data entry easier and more user-friendly. We'll start with the Body field, which is easier to get rid of, but first let's take a look at what exactly a Body field is. We'll do so with the node we created in our custom Content type of Person. It has two custom fields as well: Personal name and Family name. To edit this node, click on the Title, and Edit. You remember we can't actually get rid of the Title and we don't have to put anything in the Body. In this case I'm going to put something in the Body just so we can see what happens with content when we get rid of that Body field.

Let's say 'This is me hooray!' Scroll to the bottom, and save it. And if we go to the front page, again as we expect, there is the Title, the Body, and our two custom fields. Now, I'm going to go to Administer > Content management > Content types. Then click to edit the Person type. Once again, we scroll down to Submission form settings where we can change the field label of the Title and the Body. But you see this little orange asterisk up here that tells you that you can't actually get rid of the Title field label. In the Body field label, if you get rid of this label entirely, it not only gets rid of that label but also the entire field from visibility.

There is an explanation for that underneath here: "To omit the body field for this content type, remove any text," so, let's do that. We'll remove it, scroll to the bottom, and Save the content type. Now, here is the trick. When we go back to our front page, we see the Title and the Body information is actually still there. Let's go and edit that node by clicking on Title and Edit. That's what's actually changed. It didn't get rid of the information in the Body field. Instead it got rid of the space in the form where you could enter information. So what that means is if we had something in the Body field, we now can change it.

I'm going to click on Save to get out of this node, go back to our Content type by clicking on Administer > Content management > Content types. Once again we edit the Person Content type, scroll down to Submission form settings, and I want to show that Body field. For our purposes it's what we want to do, so I'm going to change it to "Notes about this person." Scroll to the bottom, and save the content type. Now if we go back to that node and edit it in the same way, you will see we can now edit that information again, and we have this more useful information telling us what exactly to enter in that field.

That's also true not only when you're editing a node, but when you create a new node of that Person Content type. You see that Notes about this person right there.

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Q: The exercise files for the course appear to be missing.

A: Full exercise files for this course were not provided because of the unusually large amount of images, modules, and other files that would have to be installed in specific places, in addition to the database. We hope to have a solution for future Drupal courses that installs all items in their correct places.

Q: During the course the author makes reference to being able to add data via the exercise files; however, the data is not in the exercise files.
A: During the recording of the title, some of the exercise files were removed, since the frequent updates to Drupal itself and to the modules that are needed to run the exercise files cause them to break.

The data referenced in the video consists mostly of names and addresses, which will need to be typed by hand.
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