With Search API + Facet API it is possible to create search facets for taxonomy term reference fields, that reflect the hierarchy of terms in the vocabulary, based on the taxonomy_term_parent table. (With Facet API Taxonomy Folding it is even possible to browse these hierarchies as folders.)

Sometimes hierarchical information is not represented in the taxonomy_term_parent table, and the relations exist between terms of different vocabularies.

E.g. in a site I am building, a "Product series" has a term reference field to "Product family", which has a term reference to a "Supplier". Suppliers, Product families and Product series are 3 distinct taxonomy vocabularies.

Some products only have a supplier. Others have a supplier and a product family. And some have all three. If a product has a series, then its product family is the same as that of the series. And if it has a product family, then the supplier is the same as that of the product family.

I would like to expose this structure as one hierarchical facet, similar in appearance and behavior to that for a single hierarchical vocabulary.

Any ideas?

What I managed so far is to assemble the terms from different vocabularies into a common entity property. I also managed to unify the two different "parent term" relationships (series -> family, family -> supplier) into a common entity property. But then what?

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One alternative, which is not quite the same, is to use dependencies between facets.

So, the product families facet is shown only if a supplier is chosen. And the product series facet is shown only if a product family is chosen.

With hook_block_view_alter() one can rewrite the block title, so that the product family facet block says e.g. "Acme product family", if "Acme" is chosen as a supplier.

Again, this is not quite the same. But it provides an acceptable user experience, I would say. And it might be a suitable solution for some visitors of this question.

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