I apologise for what may be to some seem a straightforward question; I am an enthusiastic amateur!
I am developing an application that when being configured on "day 0" offers a use the choice of rating the item in 2 or 3 dimensions (in a select field called dimension).
Thereafter when the enduser creates an article on day 1+, if they have configured the application as 2 dimensions then only two rating fields will be offered (e.g. rating for probability and isotope) in the content form. If it has been configured as 3 dimensions (probability, isotope and scent) then three rating fields are offered in the content form. Each selection in the three fields is scored and multiplied out. I was planning to use a conditional state on the scent field that if Dimension is set to 2 it is not visible (and has a default value of 0).
Thus far, I have created two categories called 2-dimension or 3-dimension with a parent category of "cat_dimension" and stored the value
of the field Dimension (being the dynamic select value) in a separate table. This all works fine. Each article will have have a hidden field called dimensions that shows (another) category id = to the value contained in the field Dimension. Is this the best way to achieve the result. Each article already has a default category of "score".
My issue then becomes more computational in nature. Is there a "relatively" simple way to attach a numeric value to the score arising from each dimension (each dimension is a dynamic select field); e.g. the scent scores would be strong, fragrant, light, weak (e.g. a scent score of strong=4, fragrant=3, etc). I know that this can be done with select simple fields but I need to use dynamic select to allow the client the ability to define their own scoring system. I then need to create a field which multiplies out the three scores to generate a result.
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide.
The dynamic select has to use words. When the entries for dynamic select are created, a numeric "ranking" is created at the same time. Somehow I need to use the "ranking" as the values used in the computation.
I have run into a bigger problem in the first stage however. When we stipulate the number of dimensions, that has to act as a global value across the application. To make the conditionality work, I need to include the field "Dimension" in the form. But this means it is expecting a value to be selected each time the form is created rather than using the "global" value. Is there a means to force the default to be a global value?
Just been trying to read around the issue. If I created a user with an ID=999, and pre-populated that used with a Dimension value, can that value be called from any form/content type and used as the default value in a field in the form/content type? I get the concept by no idea how to deliver.