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Viewing filenames

Gordon McLeod's profile picture
Posts: 190

04 September 2012, 10:22 AM


When displaying a folder of content is there a way to modify how the content is displayed?

Currently there seems to be a restriction on how many characters are in the display name - see attached screenshot. If there was a way of increasing this to see the full name it would at least make it more visually appealing and user-friendly.

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Dirk Meyer's profile picture
Posts: 424

05 September 2012, 11:21 AM

Hi Gordon,

I changed two things:

1) To adjust file name length for what you reported edit this file: /artefact/file/lib.php

Change '20' to something of your liking, probably not too high in this line:

from: $child->title = str_shorten_text($child->title, 20);
to: $child->title = str_shorten_text($child->title, 40);

2) To lengthen filenames in the file area of the content section

Change '20' to what you think it should be in this file: artefact/file/theme/raw/form/filelist.tpl

from: {assign var=displaytitle value=$file->title|str_shorten_text:20|safe}
to:{assign var=displaytitle value=$file->title|str_shorten_text:60|safe}

Kristina Hoeppner's profile picture
Posts: 3632

06 September 2012, 4:53 AM

Hello Gordon and Dirk,

I filed a wishlist item at as this should be in core Mahara. Dirk, if you want to you can give it a try to fix it for core and submit for review (maybe a bit more flexible so that it depends on the block width?) for Mahara 1.7? Smile



Gordon McLeod's profile picture
Posts: 190

06 September 2012, 5:04 AM

Hi Dirk,

Thanks for this - currently moving Mahara to new server today so fingers crossed can make this change as part of the update to our new site.

Kristina - have added a comment on the tracker item - wondered if it might also relate as a solution forĀ about filenames being displayed as a link for blocks.

Thanks, Gordon.

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