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A 'nodownload' attribute for the code element?

by OeufMayo (Curate)
on Aug 15, 2001 at 14:17 UTC ( #105003=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

As I was answering a SOPW question this morning, I wrote some snippets of code that, if taken alone, would not compile. I also wrote the running piece of code on the node. But because I enclosed the snippets in <code> tags, the 'd/l code' button became useless for one to download only the working script.

I worked around the problem by putting the snippets in <tt> elements, but this element doesn't behave in the same way the <code> does.

So, I was thinking of adding an attribute ('nodownload="1"') to the <code> element, so that whenever this attribute is found, the 'd/l code' functionnality skip this element.


<code nodownload="1"> $x = $foo . $x;

<p>The code above isn't really useful by itself</p>

<code> #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; my $foo = 'foo'; my $x = 'bar'; $x = $foo . $x print $x

Of course, on the drawback of such functionnality (except adding a line to the kilometer-long Perlmonks todo list) is that it breaks strict HTML compatibility.

my $OeufMayo = new PerlMonger::Paris({http => ''});</kbd>

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Re: A 'nodownload' attribute for the code element?
by blakem (Monsignor) on Aug 15, 2001 at 14:34 UTC
    I like this idea, but it seems a bit long. To override the default behavior, perhaps 'download=0' instead of 'nodownload=1'. Or, maybe a new tag like <snippet> would make more sense.


      Why not even shorten it to <code dl="[0|1]">


Re: A 'nodownload' attribute for the code element?
by jepri (Parson) on Aug 15, 2001 at 14:33 UTC
    Even a macro that expands NYT to "Warning! Untested code" would be good"

    And your idea won't break compatibility with HTML because the HTML standard is very clear that any unknown tags or attributes are to be ignored.

    I didn't believe in evil until I dated it.

(tye)Re: A 'nodownload' attribute for the code element?
by tye (Sage) on Aug 16, 2001 at 00:24 UTC

    You could always just slip q{ into the conversation before the

    # Danger! Untested code here! unlink glob("*");
    and then slip a "miserable face" (};) after it so that
    # Wow! Cool code! #line 3 "work, while snorting" die;
    is the code that gets run!

            - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")

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