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Suggestions for Perlmonks Chatterbox

by gohaku (Sexton)
on May 24, 2003 at 22:32 UTC ( #260633=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Use TextArea for chatting instead of TextField
print time message was submitted

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Re: Suggestions for Perlmonks Chatterbox
by pfaut (Priest) on May 24, 2003 at 23:08 UTC

    One of the reasons a textfield is used instead of a textarea is to limit the number of characters typed. The chatterbox can only handle messages up to about 255 characters long. When you hit this limit, the textfield stops accepting more input which tells you to shorten your message or break it in two. I don't believe you can put a limit on the number of characters entered into a textarea.

    If you let your mouse hover over the name of the person who sent the message, the time that the message was sent should be displayed. You could also look into Other CB Clients as recommended at the bottom of the chatterbox. Some of those clients (like my favorite, the Java chatterbox client) display the time next to the message.

    90% of every Perl application is already written.
    dragonchild
      Okay, my mistake. I did not know you can see the time of each message.

      As far as textfields are concerned, I'm still making mistakes; I just thought by switching to textarea, I could prevent some of those mistakes.

      About the character limit, why can't you use Javascript to alert if the input exceeds 255 characters?

        About the character limit, why can't you use Javascript to alert if the input exceeds 255 characters?

        Because those who maintain the site don't like javascript. There are a whole lot of security implications to jumping around the internet with a browser that has javascript enabled.

        90% of every Perl application is already written.
        dragonchild
Re: Suggestions for Perlmonks Chatterbox
by artist (Parson) on Jun 27, 2003 at 03:38 UTC
    I like the limit of 255 characters, because there should not be more than that to pass your message. Longer message takes longer to type and pointless for short discussion. Not only that it gives you less time to read and understand it on your screen for chatterbox clients. Typed within less characters, the message can be expressed quicker also.

    artist

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