On my site, I am working on categorizing pictures based on what is in them and am having trouble listing the categories that apply to the post. For instance: A post might include a picture of an ice cream cone with three flavors of ice cream.

My category hierarchy for this post might be:

Flavors ->Vanilla, Mint Chip, Chocolate

Style ->Cone

However, I cannot seem to get a list that includes just children of 'flavors' or 'style', without listing all checked categories.

Essentially I am hoping to have two, nicely organized lists, where one lists the flavors and the other lists the style. Just I don't want them both in the same list.

Is this possible?

-get_categories seems to have the proper arguments, but I have not been able to work it out.
-the_category seems like it is close, but it doesn't allow for excluding a particular category from a list

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Having two separate taxonomies may make sense for you in this case.

  • Oh, wow, I didn't even know that ability existed. I ended up installing a plugin that creates and manages taxonomies. Thank you so much!
    – Stephen S.
    May 2, 2011 at 14:18

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