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Ticket: Forced to add calculate_reading_time=“yes” as parameter to see {reading_time} fields

Status Resolved
Add-on / Version Reading Time Pro 1.0.4
EE Version 7.1.6

Marty Stake

Oct 28, 2022

When trying to use any reading time pro fields, e.g. {finished_reading_time:relative} or {reading_time}, within an entries tag, I can only see set values if calculate_reading_time=“yes” is in the {exp:channel:entries} parameters. Nothing is disabled.

Leaving off calculate_reading_time=“yes”  just results in a “blank” (and not “{reading_time}”).

This is problematic if a user clears the “reading time” in the back end, but then visits the listing page before the entry, resulting in an incorrect time estimation.





BoldMinded (Brian)

Can you provide some more context? Template tag example perhaps?


Marty Stake

Sure! I’m building a site now. Has only one entry currently, one entry in an “articles” channel. Its all local, so I can arrange access if need be. Standard set of other addons, like bloqs, etc.

I’ve already cached the reading time value with a visit to an article page that displays all the content, which has set the value of {reading_time} to 204 seconds correctly:

super simple, non-article page. Two tags back to back on a page by themselves show the issue for me:

THIS shows “reading time: 204” {exp:channel:entries channel=’articles’ dynamic=”no” require_entry=”yes” limit=’1’ calculate_reading_time=”yes”} reading time: {reading_time} {/exp:channel:entries}

THIS shows “reading time:” {exp:channel:entries channel=’articles’ dynamic=”no” require_entry=”yes” limit=’1’} reading time: {reading_time} {/exp:channel:entries}


BoldMinded (Brian)

Thanks for the examples, when I find some time I’ll try to replicate this and see what the issue might be.


Marty Stake

Quick note if it helps, I stumbled on another data point:

I noticed that I can correctly use the reading_time value in a conditional even though {reading_time} is “blank” in the content. eg:

{exp:channel:entries channel=’articles’ dynamic=”no” require_entry=”yes” limit=’1’} {title}

reading time: {reading_time}

{if reading_time == 7} what’s going on man? {/if} {/exp:channel:entries}

Entry Title reading time: what’s going on man?


Marty Stake

Ate my ee code somewhat:

{exp:channel:entries channel='articles' dynamic="no" require_entry="yes" limit='1'}

 reading time: {reading_time}

 {if reading_time == 7}
  what's going on man?

BoldMinded (Brian)

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BoldMinded (Brian)

Glad to hear it’s working!

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