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The related_articles tag can be used as either a single tag or a container tag, and is used to produce a list of related (by category) articles.

If used as a container, it must be specified as an opening and closing pair of tags, like this:

    …contained statements…

This is equivalent to putting the contained statements into a form named ‘my_form’ and using <txp:related_articles form="my_form" />.

Related matches are selected as follows:

If a match to category 1 (category1) or category 2 (category2) of the individual article being displayed is found in either category 1 or category 2 of any other article in the database, it will cause that article to be listed as related.

If category 1 of the individual article being displayed is left blank and category 2 is not blank, then all other articles are selected as being related. If both categories are left blank, then no articles are selected.


Tag will accept the following attributes (case-sensitive) as well as the global attributes :

form="form name" v4.0.7+
Use specified form.
Default: unset. If left empty, the permlinked article title(s) will be displayed.
Number of articles to display.
Default: 10.
match="match type"
Restrict to articles related by specified category, author, keywords and/or custom field (when matching by custom fields, match type is exact).
Values (comma separated):
customfieldname where customfieldname is the name of your custom field.
Default: category1,category2.
no_widow="boolean" v4.0.7+
Control widows](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widows_and_orphans) and overrule ‘widows’ setting in the [Preferences panel.
Values: 0 allow the last word in the title to appear on its own line, i.e. the title content is rendered unchanged, 1 ensure the last word is not left on its own line - Textpattern inserts an invisible code (a non-breaking space) between the last two words.
Default: as set in the Preferences panel.
offset="integer" v4.6.0+
The number of articles to skip.
Default: 0.
section="section name(s)"
Restrict to articles from specified section(s).
Values: (comma separated list of) section name(s).
Default: unset, retrieves from all sections.
sort="sort value(s)"
How to sort the resulting article list. Specify a value from the ones below, followed by a space and then add either asc or desc to sort in ascending or descending order, respectively. Note: values are case sensitive on some servers.
AuthorID (author name).
custom_n where n is the number of your custom field - for numeric values use (custom_n+0).
ID (article id#).
Image (article image id#).
LastMod (date last modified).
LastModID (author name of last modification).
Posted (date posted).
rand() (random).
Default: Posted desc.

Common presentational attributes

These attributes, which affect presentation, are shared by many tags. Note that default values can vary among tags.

Where value is an HTML element, specified without brackets (e.g. break="li") or some string to separate list items.
Default: br (but see break cross-reference for exceptions).
breakby="integer" v4.7.0+
Used to group list items when separating by break. Possible values are lists of integers, like 2 (groups of 2 items) or 1,2 (alternate groups of 1 and 2 items).
Default: 1 (actually unset).
class="class name"
HTML class to apply to the wraptag attribute value.
Default: tag name or unset (see class cross-reference).
Label prepended to item.
Default: unset (but see label cross-reference for exceptions).
HTML element to wrap (markup) label, specified without brackets (e.g. labeltag="h3").
Default: unset.
HTML element to wrap (markup) list block, specified without brackets (e.g. wraptag="ul").
Default: unset (but see wraptag cross-reference for exceptions).


<txp:related_articles label="Related to this:" limit="5" />
<txp:related_articles label="Related" limit="10" break="li" wraptag="ul" />

Example 3: Used as a container tag

<txp:related_articles label="Related" labeltag="h3" limit="10" break="li" wraptag="ul">
        <txp:title />
    <txp:author />

Other tags used: permlink, title, author.


Version 4.7.0

breakby attribute added.

Version 4.6.0

offset attribute added.
match attribute allows author, keywords and custom field values.

Version 4.0.7

Can be used as a container tag.
form and no-widow attributes added.

Version 4.0.6

Support added for comma separated list for section attribute.

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