Latest Version is 1.3 (Posted July 15, 2011)
(see next post)
(Please keep in mind the 'play track' links won't work in this sample, and the approx. 10mb file containing some 5000 song's lyrics may take a minute or more to initially load on slow internet connection.)
What it is:
It probably is worth mentioning that all sorting is based on tag data alone. It does not matter how your tracks are arranged in folders. I noticed that most of the .mte's here tend to assume all the tracks in one folder are on the same album. This one does not. Your whole collection can be in a single folder if you like. It won't affect the output.
There is a navigation menu at the top which allows you to filter the entire list by various levels of detail (ex: hide everything, show only the names of the artists, or also show all their albums, or also show all of those album's tracks, or also show all of those track's lyrics).
There is also included the ability to sort the list by First Letter of the Artists' or Band's names, making the list much shorter and easier to deal with if you have a large collection.
There is a further option to filter the list based on whether a track has any lyrics (in the tag) or not, which might be helpful as you edit the lyrics tags of your files.
You can play any track by clicking its [►] play link.
These export settings create a list of your selected collection that is sorted by the following method:
Artist (%artistsort% if it exist, and if not, %artist%)
Year (%year% - to arrange the Artists' Albums chronologically)
Album (%albumsort if it exist, and if not, %album%)
These export settings create a list that is displayed in the following fashion (but formatted with CSS, so you can customize it's appearance):
Artist 1 Year · Album 1 Disc #: Track # [►] Track 1 Title · Track Time Track 1 Lyrics (centered) Disc #: Track # [►] Track 2 Title · Track Time Track 2 Lyrics (centered) Year · Album 2 Disc #: Track # [►] Track 3 Title · Track Time Track 1 Lyrics (centered) Disc #: Track # [►] Track 4 Title · Track Time Track 2 Lyrics (centered) Artist 2 Year · Album 3 Disc #: Track # [►] Track 5 Title · Track Time Track 1 Lyrics (centered) Disc #: Track # [►] Track 6 Title · Track Time Track 2 Lyrics (centered) etc...
However, when you open first load the HTML, the list will be collapsed down to just lists of the artists. You can pick any letter (or number or symbol) in the alpha-menu to collapse it further so only artists or bands who's names start with that letter are shown.
Click on any artist to see that artist's Albums; Click any album to see that album's tracks; Click any track with lyrics to see that track's lyrics. Click any of them a second time to re-collapse that part of the list.
There is also a menu at the bottom of the screen that helps you when you're working with just the titles of a specific alpha-group, but you can hide it. It also provides a count of the total number of artists, albums, and tracks in the collection.
I've considered users who might prefer working on a narrow browser window (such as half a wide screen monitor, or a small monitor in portrait) so there are a couple of different ways to arrange the menus and buttons provided.
Click the "P" Button (added v.1.3) to hide all sorting menus and format your list for printing from your web browser.
All menus and buttons update dynamically, based on what you've just done.
Finally, there are also buttons (fixed to the bottom right corner of the screen) that always allow you to easily jump to the top or bottom of whichever list you are viewing.
You can view a working sample output generated from part of my personal collection (tag update still in progress) online here right now.
Keep in mind the links to play tracks won't work, as I'm not hosting my collection on the web. Also bear in mind that the sample provided list 6,560 tracks, of which over 5,000 have complete lyrics info. That results in a file of just under 10 MB. Big file for an HTML page, so it may take a few seconds to load. I've used no html tables for the lists and tried very hard to keep my output file size down as much as possible.
I hope you folks like it and can give me some good feedback!
I've taken advice from others so far to heart, and I appreciate the help that has been offered.
I've uploaded 4 different versions of the .mte for you all:
Second, there is the un-escaped "Lite" version. I included this in case you want to make any changes, as it seems (at least to me, when using Notepad++) easier to find you way around in.
I also included a fully annotated version in which I provided a lot of mark-up text to hopefully explain what I was doing, and might be helpful to some.
All 3 of these will result in the exact same file being output ... except the annotated one will be a bit bigger because of all the markup text being repeated for every track loop.
I've tested this quite a lot on my own so I'm pretty sure this works as intended at this point.
DetlevD referred to my previous effort as "a conglomeration of professional and beginner ideas and code work" ... which as a beginner, didn't offend me all that much. I hope this improves on things a bit!
HTML tags (I listed them all, I think) are highlighted in red.
CSS related tags in a pale blue-greenish color.
Mp3Tag variables in Blue.
Mp3Tag commands in Green (Loops in Brown).
Do check it out if you use Notepad++!
I think that's about it. I'll reserve the next post to point out a few things I may want to improve on in a future update, and ask for some advice on an issue I have encountered. And I'll always update the top of this first post with the latest version (if I release any others).
Thanks for reading!
Edited to Add:
Forgot to mention that if an album is labeled as a compilation album, than the track artists' or bands' names will be appended to the list after the track title (in parenthesis), as long as it is different from the album artist's name. I guess this assumes use of the Artist Sort tag as the Album Artist's name and the Artist tag as the Track Artist name. Let me know if this is an issue for anyone.