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Suggestion for forum posting formatting controls

madnige
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When posting to the forums some HTML tags are permitted, and these are listed below the text entry (reply) box. Could the listing of tags be changed to script links which insert the relevant tag, probably as an open/close pair, possibly with dummy text to be edited by the poster? This would be easier than the alternative of inserting an open tag and keeping track of which tags need to be closed and preventing posting without balanced open/close pairs.

ETA: Mostly for me this would help with the < a > tag, and would insert something like
< a href="url_link"> link_text < /a> because I can never remember the correct format.

Switch Blayde

@madnige

Sounds like a good idea.

Note that if you copy a URL into a post it converts it to a link.

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madnige
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@Switch Blayde

Knew that, but I'd prefer to do things like

@Switch Blayde

or other stuff where the text to click on is short and to-the-point, rather than a long link that needs interpreting. Presently I'll (normally) post with a URL, then edit the post to make the link text read what I want. Specifically, links like the above let me (and others) link back to more than one post for replies, although Lazeez will of course only be listing the first in the parent post's 'Replies:' field. Not a needed thing as we can work round it, more of a convenience - though I seem to remember some complaints from people who forgot to close tags and lost their carefully crafted posts on submission (it's happened to me too).

Switch Blayde

@madnige

I seem to remember some complaints from people who forgot to close tags and lost their carefully crafted posts on submission (it's happened to me too).


That's happened to me too (and to Crumbly often).

Crumbly Writer

@madnige

I seem to remember some complaints from people who forgot to close tags and lost their carefully crafted posts on submission (it's happened to me too).

At the least, a warning about "unclosed tags remaining" before it trashes a message would be useful! Although I'm careful (now) about saving messages before posting, just clicking "Post" is a hard habit to break.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@madnige

Could the listing of tags be changed to script links which insert the relevant tag, probably as an open/close pair, possibly with dummy text to be edited by the poster?


Implemented.

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Switch Blayde
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@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)


Implemented.


You only put in the first half. What was recommended was both — < b > < /b > — where we would fill in the words between them.

It's the ending one that usually causes the problem.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)
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@Switch Blayde


You only put in the first half. What was recommended was both — < b > < /b > — where we would fill in the words between them.

It's the ending one that usually causes the problem.


No, I implemented the whole thing. When you click a button it inserts the tag and turns into the closing tag button. You type after the inserted tag and then click the same button, which now should have a /, it inserts the closing tag.

If you select text and then click the button, it surrounds the selection with an opening tag and a closing one.

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Switch Blayde

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

No, I implemented the whole thing.


That works great.
Thanks

Crumbly Writer

Great. That works well for an air-head like me who can't remember to save their entries.

madnige
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@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Is 'post' disabled, or a warning given, if there are unclosed tags?

ETA: No, they seem to be autoclosed on posting.

For everyone else's information, selecting some text then hitting the 'link' button prompts for a URL, then makes a link with the entered URL named by the selected text. Just hitting OK on the URL prompt inserts a dummy URL you can edit later, and not selecting text first lets you type in the link name before closing the tag.

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