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update multiple records strange toggle effect behaviour

Thread began 5/21/2009 6:12 am by office377308 | Last modified 5/22/2009 12:26 am by office377308 | 1411 views | 4 replies


Use of combined multiple update / multiple delete

I want to manage stories which belong to several categories. On a listing page I display all stories of a certain category ordered by a numeric value, both in German and English. So you don't have more than:
headline, sort order (as a text field -> multiple update - able), a button for editing the content of a story (on a detail page) and a checkbox for multiple deletion.

All headlines are first ordered by language (a numeric value called language_id), then by sort order field, followed by alphabetical sort order in case the user forgot to insert a sort order value.

So, the update multiple applies to the numeric sort order only, on this page. You can change a numeric value in one or several fields, hit update and after the page reloads, you have a fresh sort order. The advantage of this system is, that with one action you can put story #1 to place #2, story#3 to place#1 and story #2 to place#3. Since those entries use this numeric field for sorting, you can see the effect immediately. If there are better suggestions to achieve this, please let me know.
Well, the multiple delete actions are obviously there to delete several stories at once on this page.

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