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Message Inbox input element

by epoptai (Curate)
on Jan 20, 2001 at 03:40 UTC ( #53138=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

The Message Inbox rules! But i still use the textarea at the bottom of my homenode for composing long messages, so more than one line can be seen at once. How about using a textarea in the Message Inbox?

The only problem i can see is that textarea doesn't have a maxlength attribute and so allows you to enter more than the 255 chr limit, so long messages truncate. But this could be addressed by counting the chrs in a submitted message, and returning the textarea with the truncated text so it can be resent.

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(Ovid) Re: Message Inbox input element
by Ovid (Cardinal) on Jan 20, 2001 at 04:40 UTC
    As of this posting, the input tag for the "text" that you can reply with is as follows:
    <INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="replytotext" SIZE=60 MAXSIZE="255">
    That should, amongst other things, be MAXLENGTH and not MAXSIZE. There's nothing to prevent someone from entering more than 255 characters and having a reply truncated (as I have learned the hard way).

    Is MAXSIZE a browser specific attribute that I don't know about?


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      I looked at the HTML 4.01 specification, but was unable to find anything relating to MAXSIZE there, that was related to the <TEXTAREA> tag.

      In the end, there can be only one!

      Nope, just a common mistake. I used to do that often, so know I watch for it and catch myself. It *should* be MAXSIZE, or it *should* be simply LENGTH, but alas, that's the way it was originally done, so, like HTTP_REFERER, we are stuck with it. :)

Re: Message Inbox input element
by john1987 (Acolyte) on Jan 26, 2001 at 03:27 UTC
    try sending it in 2 parts or more, that'll work

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