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Re^4: A row of spades in Recently Active Threads?

by GrandFather (Saint)
on Apr 27, 2006 at 17:45 UTC ( #546070=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: A row of spades in Recently Active Threads?
in thread A row of spades in Recently Active Threads?

That is/was one of the possibilities, but required a better understanding of the code and would require a larger change that was more prone to errors. For example, the code would have to accommodate a user that supplied the css in a different order or that used different capitilisation. Think "parsing HTML" and processing user input ("when you make it fool proof, they make better fools").

It could have been done that way (still can), but the road looked bumpier.

DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel
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Re^5: A row of spades in Recently Active Threads?
by eric256 (Parson) on Apr 27, 2006 at 17:49 UTC

    Hehe. Sorry last time i looked RAT just had the color blend setting where the intermediate colors where generated automagicaly (i assume). Even now though users could just know that they need to supply a a. and a td. class for each color they wanted to set. I think that then CSS could even be used to insert the char into the table cell (i'm thinking the way some of use insert symbols in front of other users names in the CB).

    I don't see any need to parse users input at all, if they are over ridding the actual CSS then they need to get all the tags, and if they are using the color blend then the site generates the needed CSS. Am I missing something painfully obvious? ;)

    Eric Hodges

      Only that it would be a breaking change that requires users to generate the additional css, or would require PM to generate the css for them, in which case we are back to the same problem!

      At the end of the day, it's a path that could have been followed, but wasn't. We will most likely add an option to the RAT Style Settings page to allow the user to supply a character so that should make most people happy.

      DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel

        Ahh I didn't think about users who already had CSS. I think a little too much time is often spent saving people from 30 seconds of CSS updates. I mean this way is still broken for people who don't have unicode support for that char. No offense meant for the route you choose. It just feels like in general a lot of roadblocks are put up because people don't like change. ;)

        Eric Hodges

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