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Looking for Advanced Search w/attributes


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Yes, I know. I have searched through the add-ons and haven't found anything that allows for Filter/attribute searching. There are pleanty of ways to add an attribute for choosing a color of an item or minor little things. But if you want to tag an item to fit multiple criteria it looks like osC is SOL. I could be wrong, but that is why I am asking.


Consider this: You have a product. Say, a sewing pattern. You would want to have the following filter tags > woman, dress, fitted, intermediate, size XXL.

Then if you had another product: Men, pants, loose fit, advanced, size 38


How could you offer that all in an search option? I suspect that more than one add-on module would need to be used for this, but the hundred dollar questions here are which ones?

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I'm not an sql expert and I get a headache every time I even think about attributes so this may not be the best method but it's the first thing that popped into my head:


Instead of listing a dress with size attributes (for instance) you could list that dress as multiple products, one for each size. You would need to add a size field in the products database. Then you could do a query for all dresses with that size. However, a dress with five sizes would require five database entries. If each size came in four colors, you would have 20 combinations. If you added another criteria with five options, you would be up to 100 entries. Since you would stock dresses in different sizes, etc, as individual products it might make sense to do it that way but as you can see it could get out of hand very easily. It would, however, make it very easy to write a search filter.


Just a thought and as I said, probably not the best soluion.

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Im looking for contribution that allow me to show attributes filter but with only attributes contains in selected category.


Example if Im in category "Monitors" and that category contains monitors with options name "Size" "Type" "Color" then attribute filter has it too, and if Im in category "Games" and that category contains only games with options name "Genre" "Country" "Language" then attribute filter contain only that attributes.


Im searching and looking for some advanced search (I have advanced search in every category) but if I use that contribution then category contain all attributes I add in Admin Panel and it look bad, because I don't need search or filter by "Genre" or "Language" when Im in category "Monitors"


I can't find any contribution that have function of show/don't show atributes by category :(


My shop - http://www.xsonic.eu - this is oscommerce v2.x


Sorry for MY english :)

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