com_xbfilms v0.9.5
9th May 2021  J3

xbfilms filmsxbFilms is an xbCulture family component for cataloguing films you have seen and reviews of them. Version 0.9.5 is the current release for inclusion on JED.

It has been developed in parallel with xbBooks to replace an old paper diary and spreadsheet of films seen by myself.

xbFilms is installed as a package containing two components - com_xbfilms and a supporting component, com_xbpeople, for administration of people and characters which are common to all xbCulture components.

The primary intended user is someone wanting to keep a record of films they have seen with a reminder of the plot and what their reaction was.  

xbBooks is an xbCulture family component for cataloguing books you have read and reviews of them. Version 0.9.5 is the current release. 

xbbooks listIt started out as I needed something to replace a local flat-file database I had been using to save details of books I read and short reviews/comments. Previous to that I had been using a simple spreadsheet and originally an paper file.

xbBooks is installed as a package containing two components - com_xbboos and a supporting component, com_xbpeople, for administration of people and characters which are common to all xbCulture components.

The primary intended user is someone wanting to keep a record of books they have read with a reminder of the plot and what their reaction was.


xbBooks v0.9.5
10th May 2021  J3

pkg_xbfootnotetag v1.2.0 
27th January 2022  J3

xbFootnoteTag plugins are now withdrawn and replaced by xbRefs.

If you have xbFootnoteTag installed and in use please follow the following simple steps to upgrade:

  1. If you don't mind loosing all your existing {​xbref...} shortcodes then simply uninstall xbFootnoteTag package and install xbRefs.
  2. If you wish to preserve existing references then first update to the final version (v1.2.0) of xbFoototeTag. (link above)
    1. On the xbFootnoteTag Content plugin options there is a new option to not remove shortcodes on uninstall. Make sure this is set and save the options
    2. It is now safe to uninstall xbFootnoteTag - your shortcodes will be visible on the site pages until you install and enable the xbRefs Plugins package
    3. Install xbRefs Plugins package
    4. Check and save the options for both plugins and enable them. (there are some new and changed options so pay attention!)
  3. That's all

 xbRefs Plugins have several bug fixes and minor enhancements from xbFootnoteTag v1.0.1 in the initial v1.9.0, xbRefs v2.0 will be available soon with further new feature and a new component - xbRefMan - is in development to provide admin tools for managing references and simple site views listing all references in articles. See the xbRefMan article for proposed details.

pkg_plugins_xbrefs v1.9.0 
27th January 2022  J3

xbFootnoteTag was originally created to assist with creating and maintaining references, or other recurring snippets of information in articles. As well as generating conventional footnotes (linked by either a number or a citation title) since we are in a hypertext environment it makes sense to provide an option to have the reference appear as a popover either instead of or as well as a footnote (footnotes work better if the article gets printed).

plg_system_xbtruncstring v1.0.0.0 
23rd June 2019  J3

Joomla JHtml::string.truncate() function has a couple of minor but annoying bugs. See previous article TruncString Bugs and blog post for details. The new System Plugin xbTruncString provides an override for only this function rather than having to override the entire string.php library code (eg by using the mvcoverride plugin) and then maintain it when any part is updated in the core. 

Function declaration:

public static function truncate($text, $length = 0, $noSplit = true, $allowHtml = true)

com_xbartman v1.0.0.0 
31st January 2019  J3

xbArtMan is a component to provide some additional tools for backend administration of Joomla content. Initially it focuses on three areas that I have had difficulty with - seeing what tags are assigned to which articles, seeing what links are embedded in articles and defined as related item links (and checking that they are valid), and seeing what images are used in which articles.

plg_button_tippopbtn v1.2.0.1 
4th January 2019  J3

The Joomla editor extension plugin TipPop Button provides a quick and easy way of inserting Tooltips and Popovers using Bootstrap. Clicking the button brings up a dialogue that allows you to set the text and various parameters for the tip or pop. If you have text selected in the editor the tip will we wrapped around it, or you can enter the text in the dialogue.