[drupal-devel] Make image module an extension of upload module
rob at robshouse.net
Mon Apr 18 14:29:32 UTC 2005
I love the new image modue. Is there any reason why it is adventageous
to have images be nodes, and if so why don't we extend this to all of
the files that we upload?
A proposal: from my casual and not exhaustive reading of the image
module code, it seems like the coupling to the node table is only very
superficial. It would therefore be possible to extend the image module
to respond to any images which come in as attachments via the upload
module and process them in the same way that the image files attached to
image nodes are processed. The two major changes which would need to be
done to enable this are:
1) accept the file_api patch which is in the queue and has a
relatively strong amount of support
2) rewrite the image module queries which select on node.type='image' to
files.filemime in (image/gif, image/png, image/jpeg).
The advantages of doing this would be a more logical workflow, the end
of images coming into the system but not being recognized as such, one
fewer content types that users need to deal with and better support of
The last point merits a little more attention as that is actually my
impetus for bringing this up. I'm working on ways to upload multiple
files from one screen, either via multiple upload forms or by uploading
a .zip file which gets unpacked. While this should be relatively
straightforward for attachments, for images it is hairier as the concept
of an image node only accomodates 1 image.
Welcoming thoughts and comments! Any advantages or disadvantages that I
haven't thought of? Any technical problems that I haven't forseen?
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