[TYPO3] Anybody have a 2 column layout? TemplaVoila? fdfx_2cols? columntext?
tapio.markula at dnainternet.net
Fri Dec 23 09:23:20 CET 2005
> And what is the difference between setting up a 2 column layout with
> TemplaVoila and using the extension "fdfx_2cols"
I have used with the standard page module fdfx_2cols
The basic difference is that using fdfx_2cols you *don't need* to create
any new template for TemplaVoila/Normal page module but the user can
use internal templates of fdfx_2cols. I regard it much simpler because
the use *doesn't need to edit page headersä* but he/she can simple
select from drop-down-list another content element and select style for it.
Selecting alternative templates using 'Edit page header' takes more time
and I regard it more difficult way AND not so flexible way to select
layout for some contents. I removed the another column from fdfx_2cols
and put to the SAME page two kind of layout. User can EASILY select
standard layout for bodytext and alternative layout - *MUCH MORE
FLEXIBLE* than setting DS + TS in TemplaVoila or main and content area
templates in standard page module.
the content element area on the right, which has arrow on the left and
gray background uses fdfx_2cols.
Imagine to use TemplaVoila for the different layout - unflexible and
difficult both for user and for the designer of the site - and you don't
TemplaVoila and standard page module using content area templates are
UNFLEXIBLE because for every alternative you need *DIFFEENT*
templates/template mappings. Using fdfx_2cols you can *FREE* combine
different layout alternatives! Endeed fdfx_2cols works only as
alternative for ordinary contents (content type 'text'), which
use 'bodytext', 'header' and 'subheader' fields.
If you need temporarily for other kind of content different layout
and/or you need to set other kind of contents into several columns,
fdfx_2cols/fdfx_3cols is in my mind the best way to create different
layout for ordinary contents. It has full frontend editing support
fdfx_2cols doesn't divide contents automatic into two columns - it just
gives for the standard 'bodytext' field alternative layout + adds an
extra field, which works like the standard 'bodytext' field.
using 'fdfx_3cols' you can use as if three bodytext fields inside the
same content element.
> "columntext"? Does anybody here know if these extensions will parse the
> count of the words and place them into their respective columns
maybe 'columntext' - there should be an extension for this purpose
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