This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Excerpt Include Macro
If a page has multiple 'Excerpt' macros, you can't seem to select among them when using 'Excerpt Include'. Is this not supported?
Thanks Nic. While I appreciate your feedback, the admins are not really the issue. ...prefer not get locked into third-party solutions.
A dedicated "includes" space for shared text fragments (pages) to be reused via the "Include Page" macro is sufficient until Confluence fixes the Excerpt Include Macro (if ever).
I doubt they'll ever "fix" it. There's an add-on available that handles it, and Atlassian tend not to stomp on their suppliers - at best, a "fix" would be if they bought it from the vendor, but that doesn't happen often, especially for smaller add-ons.
Also, if a vendor pulls a popular add-on, there's a history of Atlassian brokering a deal to make the situation work for the users, so I really wouldn't worry about an add-on like multi-excerpt locking you in.
I am accepting this on behalf of Steven Behnke's comment/answer - CONF-34576. If I could I would promote Steven's answer.
Unfortunately, I wrongly entered my comment to Nic Brough's answer as an answer itself :-/
... I moved the original text down as a comment to Nic's answer - where it rightly belongs. Sorry for making a mess.
Thanks Steven. I up-voted the issue you linked!
I understand the marketplace and the framework's approach-ability, both good. However, they are no excuse for buggy or bad implementations - like the Excerpt Include Macro. It really can't be argued that, as implemented, the Excerpt Include Macro is adequate - IMHO.
Small promo for the add-on we develop - Smart Templates for Confluence
It helps you to include multiple excerpts and page parts (or whole pages) to create your own, dynamically constructed page. Helps with contents re-use and reduces content duplication (which reduces the maintenance cost)
Thanks Sash. Looks like a fine solution. However, I've gone a different direction.
For my client remaining on Confluence, we've implemented full page includes of shared "snippets" that we maintain in a dedicated Space. It's a bit burdensome to manage but it's workable.
I am steering other clients away from Confluence. I'm just not happy with any provider or solution that chronically steers customers to purchase an add-on to address what are clearly buggy or deficient features. One or two third-party add-ons might be sustainable but beyond that 'Rev. Lock' is a concern. This coupled with Confluence's lack of stronger administrative features facilitating (batch/scripted) "wholesale" content transformations are deal breakers.
Thanks again though. It does look like your solution offers valuable features for those remaining in this ecosystem.
I agree with your point, Scott. Indeed, some things should just work out of the box and should not require any plugin. And, in many cases, it should have a richer functionality
However, from a plugin developer, we see it as an opportunity. And this allows us to build a little business around it.
Just curious, what platform you picked as an alternative?
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