[development] Book to Book-Pages... Many to many relationship??

Cog Rusty cog.rusty at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 21:46:14 UTC 2007

On 6/8/07, Daniel Hilton <dunghopper at gmail.com> wrote:
> Here's my situation:
> I'm in the process of importing dozens of paper (Word document) manuals into
> my Drupal intranet site as books.
> One of the main goals of this project is to reduce redundancy... in the
> word-document / file share set up, each manual is duplicated five times,
> once for each region in which my company operates.
> Some of the documents are identical across all regions, yet we still
> maintain 5 copies of the document.  (Yikes!)  Others are unique to a region
> (thus the separate copies of the manuals).

Off the top of my head, talking of no-redundancy, a solution could be
to use category tags (taxonomy module) for the different regions and
just tag the books. You could use a different node type for the "cover
page" of the books and tag only that one as the only entry point for
navigation in a particular book.

So, you could bring up listings of "cover page" nodes of books per region.

> This brings us to my dilema:  It seems that the book module won't allow the
> same node to be placed in multiple books, meaning my goal of redundancy
> reduction is out the window!
> Does anyone have any suggestions about how to accomplish the functionality
> I'm looking for (adding a single node to multiple books)?
> I'm sure I could hack the book module to make it work, but I've really been
> trying not to tamper with core modules.
> Has there been any discussion on this topic before?  Does anyone wish to
> discuss the possibility of adding this to the book module officially?
> Thanks for any input.
> Dan

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