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17 May, 2011 02:34 PM


There are occasions when my writers need to include a link to a not yet published entry. I thought it'd be easier for them if I include a textfield that shows the EntryPermalink when they preview the entry. However, when I do the following

<mt:if name="preview_template">
    <h4>Permanent URL</h4><mt:EntryID setvar="preview_ID">
    <textarea name="mapHTML" cols="35" rows="5"><mt:If name="preview_ID">
        <mt:Entries id="$preview_ID"><$mt:EntryPermalink valid_html="1"$></mt:Entries>

I get a http://domain.com/archive/2011/05/mt-preview-**********************... instead of a permalink with the correct basename. Is there anything that I can do about this? Appreciate your help. Cheers!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Jay Allen on 17 May, 2011 09:26 PM

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    Instead of mt:EntryPermalink (which is temporarily different for the preview), I think you're looking for mt:FileTemplate tag with which you can build the permalink just as MT and Melody do.

    If that's not enough to make it clear, check out this long thread where Brad Choate (lead MT engineer for years) and I explain the tag. :-)

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Jay Allen on 17 May, 2011 09:27 PM

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    ...and another tutorial which shows the tag in action. :-)

  3. 3 Posted by mailtonzj on 18 May, 2011 02:14 PM

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    Hi Jay,

    Thanks for the tip! I learnt a new MT tag today. :) Unfortunately, it seems that the basename becomes the weird mt-preview-************ when the entry is in preview mode. I've tried <$mt:FileTemplate format="%y/%m/%f"$>, <$mt:FileTemplate format="%y/%m/%b"$> and even <$mt:FileTemplate format="%y/%m/%-b"$> and they all give me that temporary basename generated by MT.

    Any other workarounds?

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Jay Allen on 30 Nov, 2011 07:02 PM

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    Hi mailtonzj. Please accept our apologies for not responding until now. I'm going through the system looking for straggler posts like this one and wanted to know if this issue is still relevant for you. If so, please let me know so I can bump it up on our radar.

    Once again, sorry to have dropped the ball. We aim to do better in the future.

    Jay Allen
    Principal, Endevver LLC

  5. 5 Posted by mailtonzj on 30 Nov, 2011 07:05 PM

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    Hi! Please don't be sorry about it. I'm already very thankful that you're
    extending your help. Yes, this issue is still relevant for me. I'd love it
    to know if you have any ways to solve it. :)


  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Jay Allen on 30 Nov, 2011 07:56 PM

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    Okay, you're back on the queue. It may take a day or two for me to get back to you but I will try to make sure I do so this week. If you don't hear from me by the end of the week, please feel free to beat me up about it because I deserve it. :-)

  7. 7 Posted by mailtonzj on 01 Dec, 2011 03:47 AM

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    You're too hard on yourself. But thanks for your help! I appreciate it so
    much. :)


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