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Searchable Collections with Flexigrid

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Flexitopic integrates the easy use of plone collections with a Flexigrid
AJAX view. The criteria from the topic are taken to construct a simple
query form to narrow down a search inside a collection. Subtopics are
displayed inside tabs of the collection.

* Flexitopic does not install a new content type but just adds an
additional view to the collection type.
* it degrades for non javascript browsers to a simple table - (almost)
same usability, no information loss.
* it requires JQuery only (built into plone 4) no JQuery UI
* lightweight JS
* Flexigrid: 24 KB packed
* Slider 15 KB packed


Add a collection. The Criteria of the collection will be used to build
a form to narrow down your search inside the collection.
If the criterion (the index in portal_catalog) is sortable you can sort
this column. Not all criteria types can be used as input for
Flexicollection so beware.

* Search Text: full text search inside the collections. If you leave
the criterion value empty users can search for content containing
that text, if the value is not empty it will search for this text
plus the text the user supplied.
* Title: search or sort by title (see above)
* Description: search description only (search see above, no sorting here!)
* Dates (effective, created, ...): will be converted to date ranges
and can be selected with the JQuery Slider Plugin)
* Location (path index): will not be displayed in the search form
and always be applied to the query
* Keyword Indices (like tags): a drop down list will be generated to
narrow the search down
* if the criterion operator is AND the list will contain all
unique values of the index minus the ones you selected,
the query will search for all terms that match your criteria
plus the user input
* if the criterion is OR the terms you selected will be display
in the selection list. the search will be for the user supplied
input only

The output is always a table with the fields you supplied in the
'Table Columns' of the collection, no matter if 'Display as Table'
is checked or not.


Flexitopic will display subtopics as tabs on top of the page. The first
tab is the description of the topic, subtopics will occupy the following
tabs. Subtopics will always be displayed as (plain html) tables defined
by the criteria, 'Table Columns' and the 'Number of Items' of the subtopic.

You can install collective.flexitopic as part of a specific project's
buildout, by having a buildout configuration such as: ::

eggs =

- Code repository:
- Questions and comments to
- Report bugs at


- do not display review state in searchform
split monolithic flexitopic_view into several viewlets
get items per page out of topic
render html table into a noscript area, flexigrid into an empty table


- First public release
Add slider to query for date ranges
Caching for expensive catalog queries

0.1dev (unreleased)

- Initial release
Flexigrid to display search results
Generate search form from collection criteria

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