In this blog post about the new ZOO 2.0 we are taking a closer look at a fundamental part of the ZOO: The elements! For the new ZOO we reworked the entire elements architecture to make them more flexible and easier to use. And of course we added a bunch of new ones to extend the possibilities of what can be done with ZOO.
One of the things bothering us when creating content with ZOO 1.0 is the fact that if you have several paragraphs, for example in your article, you still have to code HTML in the textarea element. Wouldn't it be nice if the textarea was repeatable and you'd have one for each paragraph? The text paragraphs should be automatically separated by the needed HTML code. For example if you are creating a new item and you need a second text you simply click on repeat and a new textarea is injected into your item. We implemented this fantastic feature in ZOO 2.0 for the textarea and text element and also for some new ones. We took this idea a little further: if you can have multiple textareas, why not get rid of the way Joomla! handles the "System Readmore" break. It certainly feels better to have two independent textareas instead of some ominous code break in one textarea. Reduced complexity.