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Recent Changes @ FreeRepublic

Posted on 09/28/2001 3:11:48 AM PDT by John Robinson

A few changes have been made to the forum over the past couple days.

A sample customized style sheet:


BODY
{
    BACKGROUND-COLOR: ivory
}
EM
{
    FONT-STYLE: normal;
    BACKGROUND-COLOR: #eeee00
}
BLOCKQUOTE
{
    FONT-FAMILY: "Bookman Old Style"
}
BLOCKQUOTE BLOCKQUOTE
{
    BORDER-TOP: black thin solid;
    PADDING-BOTTOM: 1%;
    PADDING-TOP: 1%;
    BORDER-BOTTOM: black thin solid;
    FONT-STYLE: italic
}


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To: John Robinson, RikaStrom
At a later date a kinder gentler interface will be created.

Bumping you, Rikateacha! I eagerly await the "kinder, gentler" instructions! Mr. Robinson, this is all over my head, and so I rely on your expertise alone, trusting that you are making FR safer for sandbox kids like me!

Perhaps you can sift all this through your patient, kind, and knowledgable hands for me, dear Rika. I have been "homeschooling" for the past week, and have a legitimate "note" to bring into WFTD class today to excuse my absence! ( :

21 posted on 09/28/2001 3:46:49 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: John Robinson
I forgot to mention:
22 posted on 09/28/2001 3:51:12 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

"As a side-effect and benefit, it closes open tags."

THAT is the greatest and most welcome news of all, John.

But.. just think - we don't HAVE to close anything now. I can just see people doing that as a general rule here, and then wondering what happened when they try the same thing on one of their own webpages when the habit is well entrenched .. LOL.

23 posted on 09/28/2001 3:51:26 AM PDT by Ron C.
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To: John Robinson
The blockquote thing sucks. What was the problem with "rouge" quotes anyhow?
24 posted on 09/28/2001 3:54:44 AM PDT by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: Ron C.
Oh. The customizable articles are only for the viewer -- that is, each viewer will be able to customize the appearance of articles for themselves only. However, they can share their style sheets with others. IOW, it will be client-side.
25 posted on 09/28/2001 3:54:49 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan
If you really hate the blockquotes I think there is a work around. Give me a couple minutes.
26 posted on 09/28/2001 3:55:41 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
Although not a HTML question, I used to search for articles using source:"*" and author:"*". Now when I do that I get No posts found in 0.184 seconds.

Is this search feature no longer available?

27 posted on 09/28/2001 3:56:05 AM PDT by TroutStalker
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To: John Robinson Syncro
Thanks, John.

Sync, what are you doing up so early/late?

28 posted on 09/28/2001 3:57:06 AM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
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To: John Robinson
Personally, I think the changes in design are great, but I hear a lot of people complaining about the use of blockquote to prevent reply spoofs. My HCI (human computer interface) teacher would suffer a heart attack if I suggested an unregular margin as standard :)

29 posted on 09/28/2001 3:59:31 AM PDT by anguish
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To: John Robinson
I use a web access tool to do a partial view source to copy articles into the post article block. I'm getting an error code most of the time when I hit the post article button.

Is it possible that these recent changes are associated with this problem?

30 posted on 09/28/2001 4:04:56 AM PDT by Movemout
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To: John Robinson
Thank you, John. God bless!
31 posted on 09/28/2001 4:07:31 AM PDT by Brian Allen
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To: John Robinson
I really like the indents. It makes it easier for me to read.

I don't quite understand the style sheet though. Does that apply to the threads or to the profile page?

One specialty item you haven't seen to though ... < /ignorant creep> LOL

32 posted on 09/28/2001 4:08:14 AM PDT by JudyB1938
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To: John Robinson
I don't know what you said, but it sounds good...I think.
33 posted on 09/28/2001 4:08:35 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Dumb_Ox
Just a heads-up: I've stumbled across a technical glitch of some sort. Occasionally when loading http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/latest?ao=1

Try it this way, http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/latest.htm

Always works for me, and you only get the latest posts.

34 posted on 09/28/2001 4:09:06 AM PDT by snodog
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To: John Robinson
Can you put a short blurb on the "post" page? I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out why I couldn't close the < BLOCKQUOTE > thingie.
35 posted on 09/28/2001 4:09:27 AM PDT by packrat01 (drove me nuts)
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To: Syncro, John robinson, JuleiRNR21
So MARQUEE has been disabled, eh? I just tried it and this appears to be so. Bummer.
36 posted on 09/28/2001 4:09:47 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: JulieRNR21
JuleiRNR21 = JulieRNR21. Need coffee...

MARQUEE no longer works. Darn.

37 posted on 09/28/2001 4:10:51 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: Movemout,John Robinson
I don't know if mine is the same, but I get an error often now when I press the Preview button. This happens almost every time I hit the button. If I go "back" and then hit it again it works. There is also a considerable lag in the response time. Here is the error text:

ERROR

The requested URL could not be retrieved

While trying to retrieve the URL: N/A

The following error was encountered:

     Connection Lifetime Expired

Squid has terminated the request because it has exceeded the maximum connection lifetime.

Your cache administrator is root.

Generated Fri, 28 Sep 2001 11:10:32 GMT by www.FreeRepublic.com (Squid/2.3.STABLE4)

End of error message.

Thanks for doing everything else though John. And I would just like to say, I guess I'm in the minority around here. I love the choice of page colors etc. IOW - I like your style! :)

38 posted on 09/28/2001 4:13:11 AM PDT by RedWing9
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To: John Robinson
I haven't the foggiest idea what any of this means, but good job. Thanks!
(That was a test.)
39 posted on 09/28/2001 4:14:14 AM PDT by truthkeeper
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To: John Robinson
Very cool. Me like.

Can you publish a list of forbidden tags for us? Any chance you'll ever let <IFRAME>'s come back? There are some threads that really could benefit from it.

Can we use all tags in our custom style sheets or only the ones you've listed? Can you tell us more about <p class=thisclass> tags? When we upload a style sheet, does it become our default style sheet? It looks like you're planning to let us use other people's style sheets too. Are you going to give us a list of them to choose from? Are we going to be able to select a default style sheet when we post a thread?

Gee, I've got too many questions. I'll just wait until you tell us more. This is all very cool, John Rob. Nice work.
40 posted on 09/28/2001 4:15:35 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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