[development] node type without a title?

Larry Garfield larry at garfieldtech.com
Fri Sep 8 04:39:56 UTC 2006

On Thursday 07 September 2006 22:37, Steve Ringwood wrote:
> Re: " I agree that titles, whether
> explicitly specifed or whether pattern-generated, should be required
> and should be unique"
> 	I have to disagree, I have used the same title for different node types.
> 	There is not real reason to enforce uniqueness (it assumes how I am going
> to use title).
> 	In the case where I use the same title, it ties information together for
> the user.
> Steve

Even if not strictly globally unique, a human-readable identifier for a node 
is a good thing.  

I think the simplest answer would be to have a hook_node_title() or similar 
that takes either a nid or node object, and returns the human-friendly string 
for the node.  The simplest case would just return $node->title, and in fact 
that could be the default behavior of no *_node_title() is defined.  If it's 
defined, that function can return a semi-unique string based on the node 
however it likes.

Something to consider for 5.1, I suppose. :-)

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