Categories widget works but not display the arrow…

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  • #1338806

    dutecnic
    Member

    Hi. I was wondering why my categories widget, although it’s working fine, does not display the arrow indicating that the field is a dropdown.

    As I said, it’s working fine though. Right above I use the archives widget that shows the arrow…

    I use it on my left footer area for widgets…

    Thanks a lot.

    The blog I need help with is minutohm.com.

    #1338891

    timethief
    Member

    What arrow? I’ve been here for over 7 years and cannot recall an arrow. The only configuration options are described here > http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/categories-widget/

    #1338896

    dutecnic
    Member

    Check the archives widget. The user visually knows that it’s a dropdown. The categories widget does not show. It.’s the one on the right side of the widget / word…

    As I said, it’s just a visual thing. Technically it’s working. The URL you sent me has a snapshot that shows it, check it out…

    #1338897

    timethief
    Member

    Sorry but I cannot see it so once again I’ll tag this for Staff.

    #1338898

    dutecnic
    Member

    Here: “Show as dropdown – Check this box to display the categories in a drop down menu rather than as a list. This is handy if you want to save space or have a lot of categories.”

    As you can see, there is visually after the “Select Category”…

    #1338900

    dutecnic
    Member

    Ok, thanks.

    #1338901

    timethief
    Member

    Pardon me but I am not clear on this. Are you saying the option for configuring the widget as a drop-down is missing inside the widget?

    #1338904

    dutecnic
    Member

    No, I’m saying that although is set as a dropdown, it does not show the widget as a dropdown as others widget set as dropdown do, such as the archives one…

    It’s missing the arrow, such as we have as a scroll down, you know? Again: it’s working, but the arrow is not appearing…

    #1338905

    timethief
    Member

    I just set this Categories widget up to display as a drop-down in a test blog and I see an arrow on my blog. I went back to yours and now I see the arrow is missing. Sorry, I didn’t see it the first time round.

    #1338908

    justpi
    Member

    The arrow is hidden because your longest category name (Creedence Clearwater Revival/Revisited) makes the widget too wide for the sidebar of the theme you’re using. You need to edit that category and shorten its name.

    #1338909

    dutecnic
    Member

    Ok… :-) glad I made myself clear… :-)

    What are the next steps now?

    #1338910

    timethief
    Member

    @justpi
    Tag removed. Thanks for assisting here and bookmarked!

    #1338911

    dutecnic
    Member

    Thanks @justpi

    Sorry, but I think that if this is the problem , should the name use 2 lines on the widget? This may be happening with other users…

    #1338925

    dutecnic
    Member

    I mean, this is something technical which WordPress should consider… if the user is allowed to create a category with a large name, the widget should be programmed to support that…

    Cheers.

    #1338936

    justpi
    Member

    It should, but this doesn’t change the fact that the only thing you can do at the moment to correct the problem is shorten the name.

    Making a long category name use 2 lines wouldn’t be a very good solution: it can be confusing when the rest of the list items are 1 line only. The correct solution is make the width of the dropdown bar independent of the actual contents of the dropdown. This already happens on some themes, but on most themes it has been neglected. You can post a suggestion to WP in the Ideas forum.

    #1338942

    dutecnic
    Member

    OK @justpi, I understand that for now it’s the only thing I should do (already did and worked fine). Agree also that this should go to the ideas forum, can you please have it moved?

    Thanks a million. And thanks @timethief for the attention as well.

    #1338945

    dutecnic
    Member

    Another feedback: although it worked on the computer, using an iPad this remains the same… I need to have the iPad on “landscape mode”… so this means this should be escalated in WP for the benefit of all…

    Cheers!

    #1338947

    justpi
    Member

    No, this thread should remain in the Widgets forum, because it refers to the problem and the here-and-now solution. If you wish, you post your suggestion as a new thread in the Ideas forum.

    And here’s an example of what I meant. Dropdown bar confined to sidebar width:
    http://wpbtips.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/dropdown_c.png
    Expands to accommodate content:

    #1338948

    justpi
    Member

    (Doesn’t show on the second screenshot, but obviously there’s a very long category name further down the list.)

    #1338955

    dutecnic
    Member

    @justpi, will do that and link to this forum.

    Thanks also for the snapshots – that’s exactly what I was talking about.

    Cheers.

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