Create a grid layout using adi_calc

Here we want to produce a grid layout using the counting capabilities of adi_calc and with plenty of styling hooks. We’ll be using the reset and reset_counter attributes in version 1.1 of the plugin.

The Tools

  • Textpattern 4.0.7+
  • adi_calc version 1.1+

grid layout

The Code

In the code below, we’re:

  1. Explicitly initialising the counters & in true programming tradition everything starts at zero
  2. Looping through a series of articles
  3. For each article, create some markup & display the counter values
<!-- initialise variables -->
<txp:variable name="count" value="0" />
<txp:variable name="row" value="0" />
<txp:variable name="col" value="0" />

<div class="adi_calc">

	<!-- loop though a series of articles -->
	<txp:article_custom section="articles">

		<!-- create HTML id based on overall article count -->
		<txp:variable name="id">article<txp:variable name="count" /></txp:variable>

		<!-- create class based on row & column -->
		<txp:variable name="class">row<txp:variable name="row" /> col<txp:variable name="col" /></txp:variable>

		<!-- output article with computed id & class -->
		<div id="<txp:variable name="id" />" class="<txp:variable name="class" />">
			<p>count=<txp:variable name="count" />, row=<txp:variable name="row" />, col=<txp:variable name="col" /></p>
			<txp:body />

		<!-- increment article counter -->
		<txp:adi_calc name="count" add="1" />

		<!-- increment column counter, resetting to zero when get to 4, count resets (i.e. rows) -->
		<txp:adi_calc name="col" add="1" reset="4" reset_name="row" />




  • the wrapping <div> is there to make life simple & obvious
  • the counter values are displayed in the output for demonstration purposes only
  • the example articles don’t actually have any bodies to output!
  • the number of columns can be adjusted very easily, simply by changing the reset value in the last call of adi_calc
  • use <txp:if_last_article> if you want to do something special with the last article (#9 in the example)

The Styling

This will produce the example output.

.adi_calc {

.adi_calc div { /* style each article */
	border:1px solid black

.adi_calc div.row0 { /* style first row */

.adi_calc div.col0 { /* style first column */

The above example is simply a demonstration but the possibilities are endless. For example, in real life you might want to set the number of columns as a variable for use in the reset and also to identify the last column (i.e. when column count = number of columns – 1). Or you could even implement alternating effects (zebra stripes?) using smd_if with it’s divisible operator.

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