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While trying to think of what to write, regarding Drupal taxonomy, it was my kids’ story
last night that inspired this posting about this video covering how the taxonomy module works and what it means to your Drupal site.

Taxonomy, taxidermy, category, road kill
let’s play a matching game,
and then increase our Drupal skill.

Spend some time with synonyms,
take a break, eat M-n-M’s,
return to Content Taxonomy,
help Drupal fix the economy.

We want a killer Drupal site,
without the pain and UI blight
of something ugly, hard to use,
so let’s all learn Taxonomy and Views!

I’ve got this video
right here for you,
it covers Vocabularies
and then Terms too.

It’s great to learn what can be done,
now let’s all go and have some fun,
being addicted to Drupal stuff,
which really isn’t all that tough.

Wow! that’s not something I normally do when writing about some silly Drupal video tutorial designed to help you learn more about Drupal and how Drupal Taxonomy works. But, hey, it was fun!

Yes,it was fun! : )

Great!

I've got 3 different Vocabularies for categorizing electronics products. Anyway, I used what I learned in this great video but when I created these new field items the Taxonomy Vocabulary terms window does not collapse or minimize like it did when you added the "Pets" entry. It's kind of driving me nuts.

Thanks for the great video.
It would be great to have a video on Context Module. coz i think most people dont realise how effective the module is.
Anyway thanks a gain for the video.
***Note: Chrismas contribution coming your way soon.

Great video!

An intro to context is indeed a very good idea

Really enjoyed that video. Provided a great all round summary on taxonomy, which, like you said, can be confusing at first.

I can't quite yet grasp the importance of categorizing lists using Taxonomy versus the CCK Text field.

For instance, in your example you explain how we're limited to how drupal core's taxonomy is able to present categories.. "In in order to present all option terms, check boxes for multiple selection (radio buttons), etc you need to download the content taxonomy." Instead can I just use CCK Text Field and do the same thing?

I am attempting to create a job listing board for my school. So some listings I am categorizing are long but others are shorter.. It sounds like Content Taxonomy I will need for the major stuff but what about small things like (6, 7th 8th grade selection)? When I have a category that has only 3 terms, can I just as easily create a CCK field: text field and go under global settings and type in my 3 terms? So instead of using Taxonomy I'm using the CCK Text Field to categorize..

What are the advantages or disadvantages of using Content Taxonomy versus the plain CCK Fields to organize my categories?

Great video. Thanks for sharing your knowledge/experience.

Helped me out alot with a few things
- didnt know about synonyms
- Never used CCK but experiemented with adding a new content type and field its pretty good.
- Nice to know what some of the other modules that are related are doing...

Matt,

This is a great overview of taxonomy. I especially liked your venture into relevant contributed modules - given the huge number of modules, it's helpful to get some pointers on the important modules to start with.

Thanks,
 Micah

You should write a child book on Drupal rimes!

But,..I've got a problem.

When you show turning on the radio buttons or check boxes with a new field using the Content Taxonomy it seemed to automatically collapse the selections from the Taxonomy Vocabulary Terms. I've got 3 different Vocabularies for categorizing electronics products. Anyway, I used what I learned in this great video but when I created these new field items the Taxonomy Vocabulary terms window does not collapse or minimize like it did when you added the "Pets" entry. It's kind of driving me nuts. Do you know if there's a setting someplace that controls whether some modules appear collapsed or expanded when you're working on a node edit page?

Thanks again Matt. You're a really good teacher.

Jeffrey

I'm having the same issue. In fact my Taxonomy Vocabulary doesn't disappear at all when adding a Content Taxonomy Field. So I'm left with both the flat list (from the Taxonomy module) and the Content Taxonomy checkbox list I created. One was supposed replace the other.

I've looked everywhere and can't figure out why the Content Taxonomy field didn't replace my vocabulary listing.

I also don't have a collapsible 'Vocabulary' group on create content page.

Anyone got any ideas?

Thanks Matt, that was really helpfull and easy to understand. Everything's clear now!

What is that menu bar at the top of the page that appears around 3:18?

ya it was really fun in it. i got some useful modules there.
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Hi,

Great video.! This is just what i was looking for, this blog is one of the best.
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Haha... it is really fun! Thanks for your idea!
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