Scalar 2 User's Guide

Structured Media Gallery Layout

In the Structured Media Gallery layout, media contained, tagged, or linked up to two levels deep are grouped into titled galleries of thumbnails which reveal the media in a larger view when clicked. The title and description for each path and tag is included just above its gallery.

One Level Deep

The Structured Media Gallery layout gathers all media objects associated with the current page -that is, all media objects that have been tagged by the page or are in a path contained by the page- and displays them as a collection of thumbnail. Put another way, if you tag the current page to several videos or make the current page a path that includes a series of videos, those videos will show up as thumbnails on the current page. Clicking any of the thumbnails will bring you to the Citations view in which you can play the video.

Two Levels Deep

The Structured Media Gallery layout also gathers media that are associated with its associated pages. Meaning, it will not only display media that are tagged or contained by the current page, but also media that are tagged or contained by pages that it tags or contains.

Let’s take an example. A user wants to create a collection of media used throughout their project; they want to split that collection into several mini-collections, for instance, based on themes; and they want to display the whole collection, made up of those mini-collections, all on the same page. To do this, a user would first build the mini-collections of media objects by creating paths for each –that is, creating a path for one theme, selecting the media objects that are contained in that path and then doing the same for other themes. Second, they would create a top level path –say, called Media Collection- put the thematic media paths they just created on that path (again, in Scalar, you can put anything on a path, including other paths) and set that top level path to Structured Media Gallery. The result would be a page that displayed all of the mini-collections (paths), together, each under its respective title. Pages set to the Structured Media Gallery layout will also gather and display media objects that have been tagged to the current or associated pages. So between paths and tags, there are any number of combinations one can use. Meaning, you can get the same result as above, were you to tag several paths of media objects or tag several pages that tag media objects or create a path of pages that tag media objects. The Structured Media Gallery layout will latch onto any parent to child to grandchild set of relationships in Scalar.

The Structured Media Gallery will also gather media objects that have been linked on pages associated with the current page. Let’s take another example. You have a total of ten pages in your project all of which contain several images and videos. You’d like to offer your readers a place to browse all the media in your project, divided up by the pages on which those media objects are appear. Simply create a path –let’s call it, Media Gallery- that includes all ten of your pages and set it to the Structured Media Gallery layout. The result will be one page that displays the title for each page in your project and below each title thumbnails for the images and videos that appear on that page.

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