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From "Glen Mazza (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (ROL-1982) Tree View for Archives
Date Sun, 29 Dec 2013 02:51:50 GMT


Glen Mazza commented on ROL-1982:

Hi Gaurav, I don't personally like archive drop downs by date and am unlikely to ever use
them--who has the time to keep clicking on all the years and months just to see if there's
an article he or she would like to read?  What I instead do is have a last 20 in my right-side
menu ( where everything is there in front of the person's nose
without them needing to click on months and years to see if there's something good.

That said, archive tree views are popular enough with bloggers that Roller should probably
have its own.  Both Google Blogger (as you linked) and Wordpress have archive trees -- the
latter has several independently maintained plugins as a matter of fact.  You may wish to
google <wordpress archive tree widgets> for ideas to enhance your own.  (This archive
widget on the right-side menu, for example, looks kinda nice IMO, even if it doesn't list
blog articles:    

Anyway, I just copied your widget into my right-side menu template of my main blog (uses Roller
3.1 though, so maybe the macro would render differently in 5.1):,
look for the "2013" under the "THANKS" section.  It will function as a basic archive tree
view but there are presently two problems with it:  (1) it's showing only the current year,
(2) It's not formatting well, the entries are overwriting each other (check May and June 2013).
 Also, it would be nice, but not required, if there were (counts) in parentheses after each
month listing the number of articles from that month.

As of now, what we can do is copy your widget code into our Wiki for others to leverage if
they wish, but to include it in Roller we'd have to get these two matters fixed first.

Thanks for your contributions and help so far on this project!  By the way, would you mind
emailing/faxing/mailing an ICLA ( to the Apache Software
Foundation?  You're going to need to do so to become a committer on this or any other Apache
project, also Apache would be happier if we had an ICLA from you before we apply any substantive
code contributions from you.

> Tree View for Archives
> ----------------------
>                 Key: ROL-1982
>                 URL:
>             Project: Roller
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Macros
>            Reporter: Gaurav Saini
>            Assignee: Roller Unassigned
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: archiveTree.patch, archiveTree.png
> A macro that would provide the data of the Archives in Tree Structure something like
[1]. I think it would be a nice enhancement to Roller, as Archive Pages are rarely used and
this macro can be easily added to the Side menu of the blog.
> [1]

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