redLIST:Publishing your List items

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Once the redLIST category structure has been built, fields have been created and search items stored, your redLIST directory is ready for publishing. There are three ways to publish redLIST contents: menu items, redLIST modules and article content map tags.


redLIST Menu Items

There are nine menu item views available, four of which will display maps.

Address Map


This menu item type displays a map of a specific address and the information for all search items for that address below. select from the list of available addresses using the menu item parameter.

Category Map


This menu item type displays a map with category and subcategory filtering options. You can select the default category of items to display when the map is first loaded using the menu item parameter. In addition to filtering by category, you can also filter items displayed by zip code. Each subcategory can be associated with an icon and represented by that icon on the map.

Search Item Details


This menu item type shows information about a specific search item. You can select the search item using the menu item parameter.

Directions Map


This menu item type shows the route between two addresses on a map. Using the available menu item parameters, you can select the "to" and "from" addresses as well as choose to allow site visitors the option of displaying different addresses.

Search list


This menu item type displays a form containing search fields and the list of search results below. By default all search items will be displayed in the list, but you can filter the results using the fields above.

Among the available menu item parameters, you can set the number of search items to be displayed on each page of the search results, as well as whether the search list should appear before search fields have been filled out. If you are have built a directory of people and are using redMEMBER on your site, you can also narrow down search results to only display members belonging to a specific usertype.

redLIST Modules

As of latest release, redLIST comes with two modules: a Search module and a Item Box display module.


redLIST Search Module

This module allows you to display a discrete redLIST search box anywhere on your site. Searches run through this module will display results based on matches found within any of the search item fields.


Among the module's parameters, you can choose to display search results using either the "Search List" vertical or horizontal layout. You can also set the menu item ID for the search results page for easier module assignments. For the search box itself, you can specify its width and any text that should appear within. You can choose to display a search button and its position relative to the search box, as well as change the button text. You can also set whether the search button should be displayed as an image; if you use this option, place a copy of the button image labelled "searchButton.gif" into the {root}/images/M_images/ folder.


redLIST Box Module

This module allows you to display a number of search items in a table anywhere on your site.

Among the module's parameters, you can select the order and the number of columns in which the search items will be displayed. You can also define several aspects of the table layout, including cell padding and spacing, text alignment and border styles and sizes.


Article content map tags

Once you have built up your library of search items, you can use the "Article content" section to create "map tags" that can be used to display individual search item maps within Joomla! articles or other third-party component content.

Click on the "Article content" submenu link to bring up the Article content listing view. Here is an overview of all the map tags that have been created, along with the street, zip and city that should be focused on when the map is displayed. You can display the map by using its associated tag, for example [redlist_map3] where 3 refers to the map ID.


When creating a new map tags or editing an existing one, you first select the address which the map should focus on. The addresses listed are pulled from the street, zip and city information stored within your search items. Map tags, therefore, require that these three fields be present and filled in.


You can assign different width and height dimensions for each map, as well as set whether a marker will appear on the map for each search item assigned to this address. In addition you can set whether search item information will appear in a pop-up balloon when the search item marker is hovered over.



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