1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 14, 2012 7:48 PM by taylorsharpe

    FMPA Tag Cloud


      How to create a TAG CLOUD using FileMaker Pro 12 Advanced db?

      Similar to the Tag Cloud seen on this FM Forum, on other websites and like in Wordpress Blogs.

      What are the calculations to accomplish this?

      What tables would I need to create and with what fields, etc?

        • 1. Re: FMPA Tag Cloud

          OK, since lots of people might not know, a Tag Cloud is where you put a word in the middle and then all related words are placed around this word so that it looks like a cloud of words around the main word.  Here is Wikipedia's example of a Tag Cloud:




          In File Maker, you would have one table that has the main word and related to it would be another table with all the related words.  This is a simple FileMaker relationship. 


          Now, having the relationship done is the easy part.  How you are going to display it is a whole other thing.  FileMaker's layouts are not designed for selecting random locations or locations of fields being based on the calculation engine.  It is just not how FileMaker layouts work. 


          But, FileMaker can be accessed by other web languages such as PHP, or you can use a programming language that speaks XML or ODBC.  These programming languages can write formulas for equal distribution of related words and their resizing and placement around the center word.  Maybe you could get ScriptMaster's Groovy language to do this in a web portal, but that is the closest I can think of in FileMaker. 


          Basically, FileMaker is not designed to accomplish this task and there probably are better tools for it.  Maybe there's an App for it?