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Faceted Navigation (0.7.2)

by Olha Pelishok last modified 2010-01-21
Released on 2009-12-08 by Pilot Systems, Damien Baty for Plone 3.0, Plone 3.1 under LGPL - GNU Lesser General Public License available for All platforms.
Software development stage: stable
Collective Faceted Navigation provides an user interface which lets an user browse items of a Plone site by selecting amongst pre-defined criteria.
Faceted Navigation

What is Faceted Navigation (the Plone product)

This concept sounds cool, but what does Faceted Navigation (the product) exactly do?

Once we have installed the product, we will have to configure facets (i.e. criteria), which are actually linked to default or custom catalog indexes. Then the user will see a new link in the portal actions bar (along "site map" and other links), called "Faceted navigation". This link leads to an user interface that lets the user browse portal items via... a faceted navigation.

Warning: I do not pretend to be an expert on this subject, nor do I think that this is the definitive implementation of this concept in Plone. I also have other user interfaces in mind; they could probably be implemented using the current code. Anyway, there are a lot of ideas floating around: a good start would be the Plone classification workspace on OpenPlans.


Example applications have been set up:

  • Burgers;
  • PyPi - Python packages (in development);
  • Nobel Prizes (in development).

Feel free to try them and provide feedback.

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