Shuffle: order=random

Note: The shuffle=1 parameter that existed in the old Thumblist is deprecated. Please use order=random with ThumbList².

This page demonstrates the possibility of a random thumbnail displayed, or a random selection of thumbnails, by the parameter order=random.

One random thumbnail

This is only possible with thumblist count=1:

(:thumblist count=1 px=64 order=random:)
Fitz_Roy_1.jpg: 480x640, 74k (2009-02-13 12:30)

Whole list randomized

(:thumblist count=4 px=64 order=random:)
Bees_Collecting_Pollen_2004-08-14.jpg: 800x600, 112k (2009-02-13 12:30) Purine_Nucleoside_Phosphorylase.jpg: 512x640, 80k (2009-02-13 12:30) Snow_crystals.jpg: 800x629, 108k (2009-02-13 12:30) Life_Saint-Austremoine_Issoire_bottom_n2.jpg: 652x640, 159k (2009-02-13 12:30)

Reload the page to see how it changes. If you use supercache=1 (don't), the files will obviously be shuffled only once and stored/displayed in that order.

(Re-)Ordering a random sample

(:thumblist count=4 px=64 order=random order2=name:)
Hurricane_Dennis_on_July_7_2005_1550_UTC.jpg: 498x640, 95k (2009-02-13 12:30) Neuschwanstein_Castle_LOC_print_rotated.jpg: 800x584, 148k (2009-02-13 12:30) Sunset-Marne.jpg: 800x600, 105k (2024-04-20 15:06) Tsunami_by_hokusai_19th_century.jpg: 800x536, 131k (2009-02-13 12:30)

Using order=random will shuffle the list. Using count=4 will take 4 pictures from the random list. Using order2=name will order the 4 random pictures by name. See also Order.

Notes

  • "random order"==no "image trails" in the template (<<|>>). Because the files are shuffled on every page load and there is no way to cache the trail list (it would change on the next page view).
  • On this page where the order is random, I am using $EnableIMSCaching = 0; to prevent the page caching by the browsers.

See also