How to organize contents further?



Drupal taxonomy model allows you to also classify any Drupal content  into arbitrary or pre-defined tags defined by selecting "terms" from a vocabulary. To explain it in simple terminology, view this as a grouping of pages into a book: the book will be a Drupal self-generated static page made of individual documents created on your site and assigned a particular category (or term). Drupal Contents which may grouped according to items could be book pages, meeting entries, agendas, images, stories, etc... in other words pretty much any Drupal content. Note that each content (a book page for example) could have one or more terms associated to them allowing for several summary listing to be generated.  For example:
  • you may assign to a book page the  term computing
  • AND you may also assign to the same book page the term grid
  • Drupal will then generate a computing book AND a grid book with your page belonging to both.

Categories could be organized as a hierarchical structure (with sub-categories) but at any point in time, the hierarchy can be modified.

The default term on our site used to be the term computing [which obscured the computing related content and render the term meaningless] and this was altered to be the term unknown on January 24th 2008.

How to select a term?

The following picture shows the relevant box specific to our Web site. This should appear whenever you edit a page.

As you can see, below the Title and Parent association box, the STAR vocabulary appears.This is a list of pre-defined terms and the default is highlighted as "computing". You can select any other by one mouse click or using CRTL/right-mouse-click select additional terms for the page you will create or use SHIFT/right-mouse-click to select an entire range.

On a last note, the power of taxonomy goes as far as your choice of terms is relevant. If users start to assign all categories to any page, it would render this feature useless.