Allow to create a filesystem-like album hierachy
|Reported by:||Tanguy Ortolo||Owned by:|
|Component:||programming||Keywords:||filesystem, hierarchy, directory, folder, album|
When storing photographs on their computer, some people, if not all, use a filesystem hierarchy, for with paths like pictures/photographs/2012/10/mountain_hiking.
When publishing photographs on the Web, some people (well at lease me!) need to be able to define a similar hierarchy, that has to be available from the website home page to allow people to browse it easily. Here are several use cases.
I took pictures from a mountain hike, with a bunch of people. Later, I took pictures from a free software meeting, with very different people. I want to be able to publish both series of photographs and give them the address, but my hiker friends have no interest in the other photographs, and neither do my developer friends. Also, some of them want to download the full-quality pictures (as a single archive file because HTTP offers no practical way for mass-downloading) of the single event that interests him.
I participated in a pilgrimage, where several people took photographs. I want to be able to give them an access to a dedicated album, so that each photographer can upload his pictures to a dedicated sub-album.
Some of my friends are interested in my photographs, but most of them are more interested in what I do, in the activities I participate in rather than in the individual pictures. As they go to my website from time to time. To be able to determine what event I shot, they must see an appropriate, chronologically-oriented hierarchy so they are not overwhelmed by bunches of hundreds of new photographs.
I hope that was descriptive enough; if you want an example of such a hierarchy you can visit my website <http://photos.ortolo.eu/>. The most complete application of that hierarchy is <http://photos.ortolo.eu/tanguy/2012-07-22-lourdes-gavarnie/>, where the path is composed of: a user name (me, because that website also hosts pictures from another member of my family), a date and event name, and under that one sub-album per photographer.