Overview This mod adds a "Topic Summary" column to the MessageIndex. The page where you view a list of topics for a particular board. It allows your users to get a better idea of what the topic is about before they view the actual topic itself. It basically takes the first x characters from the last or first post of a topic, strips any HTML, whitespace, newlines or BBC, and then displays it.
Settings are found in the Admin panel: For SMF 1.1.x: "Features and Options" -> "Layout and Options". For SMF 2: "Configuration" -> "Features and Options" -> "Layout".
Post To Summarize: The 'Topic Summary' column can either summarize the first or the last post of the topic, this setting allows you to choose which.
Summary Length: This setting allows you to set how many characters will be shown from the post that is being summarized.
Max Word Length in Summary: This setting allows you to limit the size of the words which will be summarized, so that the summary will not take up too much room on the page. If a word from the summary is too large then it will be broken up. The default is 20 letters.
Column Width: This setting allows you to specify a width for the 'Topic Summary' Column.
SMF Version Support This mod is officially supported for SMF 2.0 and above only. Below is a list of available versions of this mod and the previous versions of SMF that they supported. Use them at your own risk. The mod author will not be supporting or upgrading this mod in any way for versions of SMF below 2.0.
Version 1.02: SMF 1.1.x and SMF 2 RC2 or below. Version 1.3.1: SMF 2 RC4 and above.
Donate If this mod has helped you, then feel free to support the developer by Donating. Any amount of money is welcome.
Themes/Templates This mod only edits a single template file - MessageIndex.template.php - which is only used in a few Custom Themes. If your custom theme doesn't contain this file then it should work automatically. Otherwise you can use the 'Manual Install Instructions for SMF' function above to get a list of edits that you will need to make to your custom themes 'MessageIndex.template.php' for your relevant SMF version.
If you need any help with edits for custom themes, then you can ask for it in the support topic for this mod, remember that you will have to post the 'MessageIndex.template.php' file from your custom theme, otherwise I will not be able to perform the edits.
Version Changes v1.3 - 5 November 2010 Updated for SMF 2 RC4.
v1.02 - 20 November 2009 Updated for SMF 2 RC2.
v1.01 - 15 September 2008 Updated for SMF 1.1.6 and SMF 2 Beta.
v1.0 - 24 August 2008 Original Mod release.
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