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ExpressionEngine 2.x Channel Parameters Quirk

It looks like there’s a slight quirk in how ExpressionEngine processes the channel parameters category vs category_group. It’s not really documented one way or another so I won’t call it a bug but it does strike me as a quirk.

http://expressionengine.com/user_guide/modules/channel/parameters.html#par_category

The difference is, category allows for the use of and (i.e., &). For example, category=”1&2″. However, category_group does not support and, only or (i.e., |). In fact, when I tried category_group=”1&2″ EE didn’t error, it just treated the & as an | and kept going.

Maybe it’s just me but I kinda expected (and was counting on) some consistency between the ExpressionEngine channel parameters category and category_group. Not to worry, I revisited my web dev strategy and the new solution side steps this unexpected quirk and actually appears to be an improvement in meeting the biz needs of the project.

One step back, two steps forward!

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