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Myself | 10-15-2001 | Smith288

Posted on 10/15/2001 5:57:32 AM PDT by smith288

With all the new changes going on, I was thinking of all the cool thing FR does. The notify feature was sweet and I JUST found out about it. Can anyone else thing of the cool things Freerepublic has to offer (must be a member to use)? Here is my list(with URL):



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To: Jackie222; John Robinson
Really? i dont think there is a way to turn them off. Maybe this is a question for John. I know that Locale notifications can be turned off.
51 posted on 10/15/2001 8:37:57 AM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288
Bump for all who wants to know....
52 posted on 10/15/2001 8:54:29 AM PDT by smith288
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To: Lazamataz; George W. Bush
U guys have anymore links to add?
53 posted on 10/15/2001 10:48:48 AM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288; John Robinson
I'm ready for few others to have a look at what I'm doing with my beta version of an FR CSS Stylesheet Editor. You can see it at my FR website.

Javascript-based. Tested only with IE 6 so far. Should work with IE 5.x. Probably will even work with IE 4 since I wrote it using IE 4 specs.

Netscape will not work because NS doesn't expose the docuument.all collection. Apparently, NS uses something else and I don't have docs for it yet.

This is a very rough version. I just thought you guys might like to see what I'm doing so far. The editor uses a basic test page from FR. The editor places it in a scrollable sub-window. The editor sniffs out all the fr_* tags and sets itself up to edit those styles. So far, it can recall any custom color settings the user has made. The left/center/right/justify alignment is working. I'm just looking at how to do Fonts. It will probably simply be a single text box for the font's attributes:

fontStyle, fontVariant, fontWeight, fontSize, lineHeight, fontFamily

A few samples of how I'll be setting this font attribute:

italic normal bolder 12pt Arial
italic small-caps bold 12pt serif

I'll be looking into how to do the margins and borders using a similar shorthand style.

Suggestions/comments? Can anyone test with IE 4/5/5.5?
54 posted on 10/15/2001 12:01:21 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: George W. Bush
I just tinkered with it for a little bit, VERY nice. I will play with it later on tonight but i very much like your progress.
55 posted on 10/15/2001 12:06:54 PM PDT by smith288
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To: John Robinson
Can you give us an update on the very recent changes to the "bump list"?
56 posted on 10/15/2001 12:08:36 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: George W. Bush
Nice.
57 posted on 10/15/2001 12:14:41 PM PDT by steveegg
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To: smith288
Bookmarked. Nobody put in the latest articles yet...

Latest Articles - http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/latest?ao=1

58 posted on 10/15/2001 12:17:41 PM PDT by steveegg
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To: smith288
BUMP for later review.
59 posted on 10/15/2001 12:25:53 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: steveegg; smith288
I just updated it again to do better color control and retain color settings memory. Sorry about that initial problem. You'll find it remembers the colors now. I'll probably put in another thread for demo purposes as well. I'll concentrate on the font/border/margin settings for now. I'm also considering a true color palette. Not sure if people will go for that though. I haven't yet seen a proper JScript color palette yet.

I have a bit of time to work on it today. Expect an update tonight.
60 posted on 10/15/2001 12:28:52 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: George W. Bush
Outstanding. Once I figure out how to allow Netscape/Mozilla users use a local copy of a style sheet ('tis a bit of a problem), will send you an updated style sheet based on the background images that works on all 3 main browsers (with the usual caveat that NS 4.x is rather buggy).
61 posted on 10/15/2001 2:35:33 PM PDT by steveegg
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To: John Robinson
You have FReep-mail regarding the headers. Found a global (or near-global, in the case of Nutscape 4.x) fix that allows fr_header to work in NS4 without installing a scroll bar in IE6.
62 posted on 10/15/2001 2:42:35 PM PDT by steveegg
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To: smith288
what are style sheets?
63 posted on 10/15/2001 2:50:21 PM PDT by VinnyTex
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To: VinnyTex
Style sheets allow us to customize the entire appearance of a website, controlling fonts, colors, wallpapers, etc. JohnRob now allows us to customize FreeRepublic. You can see some examples of FR stylesheets at my unofficial FR stylesheet website.
64 posted on 10/15/2001 3:44:52 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: George W. Bush
Would you add one of my style sheets to your collection? I think people will like it. I started with your sheets and JohnRobs', and cannibalized them for pieces, changed some colors around...

.fr_collapsed { font: bold 12pt Verdana, Arial, Helvetica; text-align: center; } .fr_collapsed A { text-decoration: none; color: #666666; } .fr_collapsed A:hover { color: #000000; } .fr_page { font: bold 8pt/10pt Verdana; color: #DFBD90; text-align: center; background-color: #2A2A33; } .fr_page A:hover { color: white; } .fr_page_here { text-decoration: none; color: #FFF4DF; } .fr_page_goto { text-decoration: none; color: #DFBD90; } .fr_normal { border-style: outset; border-width: 1; border-color: #000000; font: bold 8pt/10pt Verdana; color: #111111; background-color: #FFF4DF; margin-bottom: 1em; } .fr_article .fr_header { font: 12pt Verdana, Arial, Helvetica; color: #DFBD90; border-bottom: thin groove ivory; padding: 1px 6px; background-color: #000000; } .fr_comment .fr_header { padding: 1px 6px; border-bottom: thin groove ivory; background-color: #000000; } .fr_normal .fr_header table { color: #DFBD90; font: bold 10pt/12pt; } .fr_normal .fr_header A { text-decoration: none; color: #FFF4DF; } .fr_normal .fr_header A:hover { text-decoration: none; color: white; } .fr_normal .fr_body { font: 10pt Verdana, serif; margin-left: 30px; margin-right: 30px; } .fr_removed { font: 18pt Exocet, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica; color: #DFBD90; background-color: #000000; margin-bottom: 1em; } .fr_removed .fr_header { font: bold 8pt/10pt Verdana; border-bottom: thin solid #2A2A33; } .fr_removed .fr_body { font: 10pt Verdana, serif; margin-left: 30px; margin-right: 30px; } .fr_menu { font: normal 12pt Verdana; text-align: center; white-space: nowrap; color: #880000; margin-bottom: .5em; } .fr_menu B { font-weight: normal; } .fr_menu A { text-decoration: none; color: #BB0000; } .fr_menu A:hover { text-decoration: none; color: #EE0000; } .fr_copy { font: italic 8pt/10pt Verdana; text-decoration: none; color: #FFF4DF; } .fr_default { color: #2A2A33; } BODY { background-color: #2A2A33; } .fr_body A:link {color:#880000; text-decoration: none } .fr_body A:visited {color:"#440000"; text-decoration: none } .fr_body A:hover {text-decoration: underline} .hi { BACKGROUND-COLOR: #eeee00; }

65 posted on 10/16/2001 9:42:30 PM PDT by xm177e2
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To: smith288
Bump, for all those who want to know.
66 posted on 10/17/2001 7:03:23 AM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288
Thanks for putting these links up. This is by far the best BBS on the planet.
67 posted on 10/17/2001 7:11:46 AM PDT by Semper911
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To: Semper911
Bump for who want to know.
68 posted on 11/03/2001 2:43:20 PM PST by smith288
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To: smith288
another bump
69 posted on 01/04/2002 7:20:25 PM PST by smith288
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To: smith288
Discovery bump
70 posted on 02/08/2002 1:32:05 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: smith288
Anyone: How can I view all the registered names on FR?
71 posted on 02/08/2002 1:43:38 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Considering there are well over 700,000 members, I doubt there is a readily available list. Jim or John Robinson has the ability but im sure they wont provide such a tool because of the sheer volume of records.
72 posted on 02/08/2002 2:53:10 PM PST by smith288
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To: smith288
OK Then.... some people seem to be able to browse names and quote counts occasionally, so I wondered how to see it.
73 posted on 02/08/2002 3:09:13 PM PST by HairOfTheDog
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To: smith288
bump.
74 posted on 04/10/2002 10:26:40 AM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288
Considering there are well over 700,000 members...

Check with JohnRob, but I believe it's 70,000, not 700,000.

75 posted on 04/10/2002 10:56:07 AM PDT by Steve1789
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To: Steve0113
added a zero on accident.
76 posted on 04/10/2002 11:12:11 AM PDT by smith288
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To: John Robinson
any new features to add?
77 posted on 07/06/2002 6:50:04 PM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288
Well, I've made significant changes to the structure of the software system. Two weeks ago, most of the code was using my "Hermes" library. Since then I've changed over to my much improved "Focus" library, which has been a ground-up rewrite of the low-level internals, the very heart of Free Republic. This paves the way for new features, and more importantly, improved functionality of the existing features.

One of the most fantastic features this library provides is the ability to "Skin" the forum by implementing HTML templates to override the default. We'll finally have the presentation separated from the logic-- the HTML separated from the code-- which will allow others to easily create new or improved interfaces. And, with this separation, it should be feasible to implement alternative templates for wireless use, or to take advantage of the very latest in browser technology, while maintaining a trusted if only bland default.

This skinning ability made a brief appearance with the Template setting of several software versions ago. The Classic/Focus Template setting. That was maintained, with great difficulty, in code. This new library will allow those templates to actually be two (or more) distinct HTML files.

Furthermore, those files should be readily available to use in Dreamweaver, etc. We could accept user-submissions of the templates. A talented Freeper could completely recreate the look of Free Republic and share it with others. Such changes go far beyond style sheets (which, btw, are making a return.)

78 posted on 07/08/2002 8:44:53 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
feasible to implement alternative templates for wireless use,

Cool! I've always wanted to be able to access FR from my Palm!

79 posted on 07/08/2002 8:53:44 AM PDT by CaptRon
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To: John Robinson
How in the world....
Ok, so we will just need to know the key internals of the page so that focus will know what to look for to build the page so people could totally build their own? Sounds like a winner if im understanding that.

so it could like this

Welcome to Freerepublic
<titleofthread>

<beginloop>
<username> <dateofthread>
<articlebody>

<loop>


a very generic example but kind how you would upload the template for Focus to recognize it as a viable template?
80 posted on 07/08/2002 9:11:42 AM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288
Exactly. The template system is a derivative of HTML::Template and will probably keep that general feel, though I was very impressed with Apache::PageKit and may emulate their template tags (which also happen to be a derivative of HTML::Template.) [BTW, I really like the Model/View/Content/Controller architecture of PageKit]
81 posted on 07/09/2002 5:36:02 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: smith288
Oh, I would have to install the templates. They can include arbitrary files off the system and any piece of nasty HTML/JavaScript, so I would want to give them a give look over before allowing others to use them.

Especially if IF, at a later time, I switch to a templating system that allows Perl code to be evaluated in the template. Though that would tend to violate the separation of presentation and logic, so I probably won't go that way.

82 posted on 07/09/2002 5:43:12 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: smith288
bump
83 posted on 07/09/2002 5:45:03 AM PDT by tet68
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To: John Robinson
Nifty stuff!
84 posted on 07/09/2002 5:49:04 AM PDT by bvw
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To: smith288
Bump
85 posted on 07/09/2002 5:51:22 AM PDT by techcor
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To: John Robinson
Never got into the XML and stuff...I probably should... Has a lot to do with motive I guess.
86 posted on 07/09/2002 5:56:55 AM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288
XML, and especially XSLT (XML's version of style sheets), are very interesting. Another platform of note is Apache::AxKit which is an "XML Application Server" built on Apache and mod_perl. I've built micro Free Republics in both Apache::AxKit and Apache::PageKit. Both are incredibly extensible, though I tend to favor Apache::PageKit over AxKit because, while XML and friends are interesting, they scare the hell out of me. :-)
87 posted on 07/09/2002 6:04:58 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: smith288
(You don't have to know much about XML to use Apache::PageKit, you can use simple templates and good ol' camel grease to pump out pages.)
88 posted on 07/09/2002 6:06:47 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
Yea, well I went to the pagekit website and it talks Greek to me. Im too M$ oriented and not enough client side/Apache knowledge. PHP is the closest thing I can grasp because of its resembling ASP.
89 posted on 07/09/2002 6:15:51 AM PDT by smith288
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To: nutmeg
bump
90 posted on 07/10/2002 7:08:29 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: John Robinson
Any chance the style sheets are returning?
91 posted on 01/26/2003 5:46:32 AM PST by smith288 (Axis of Idiocy = France/Germany/Iraq)
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To: smith288
Just bumping this oldy up.
92 posted on 11/25/2003 12:54:02 PM PST by smith288 (Did you even look at yourself in the mirror when you left the house??? Ugh)
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To: smith288

Bump


93 posted on 11/10/2004 10:01:17 AM PST by smith288 (I have posted over 10,000 times. The more I post, the more intelligent you become!)
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To: xm177e2

FR Style Sheet Bump


94 posted on 04/26/2005 5:29:56 AM PDT by mattdono ("Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags" -Big Arnie)
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To: smith288; steveegg; RedWing9
smith288 (circa 2003): Just bumping this oldy up.

I thought I'd bump this 2001 thread too.

I've been working on this again. CSS and client-side Javascript for Firefox 1.5. I started by using Stylish 0.4 extension (CSS injector). I'm currently using the Greasemonkey extension (a JavaScript injector). I'm about to migrate to a full custom Firefox extension.

I'm looking for some imput on my project. I'm hosting it at my old FR scripting site over at GeoCities. BTW, in the Old Index section (bottom link on page), you'll find the work you did on the old 2001 project still there online. The last updates I did there for any of our old work was on Oct. 11, 2001. I guess JohnRob pulled the plug on his custom CSS project then so we all stopped working. Maybe those pages will help refresh your memories.

I need help with layout design, new ideas, testing, etc. If you two are interested, let me know. It's the sort of project that really should have multiple parties involved.

Some other CSS threads from 2001 I've located:

Beta Testing New Thread Layout
Post Your Custom CSS Files Here
Article Template for Free Republic - With Instructions for Usage (BLOCKQUOTE gone; thank you, John)

If you know of other threads on FR custom style sheets from 2001, let me know. There are some large screenshots hosted there so please keep the GeoCities site to yourselves for now. GeoCities is very stingy with bandwidth. I'm not quite sure how FR management might view this project either. My project is still beta quality so there's not much for anyone to see or test just yet.
95 posted on 10/18/2006 7:27:29 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: George W. Bush

Its too bad John got shot down on the redesign. Im not too familiar with greasemonkey other than its a javascript tool that enhances websites that otherwise dont have the functionality being built.

I was hoping John would at least throw in the class IDs so that we may apply some custom css in our profile just for gits and shiggles.

I Look forward to seeing more of your work.


96 posted on 10/18/2006 8:22:54 PM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288
Interested in testing or writing CSS sheets?

I'll have an extension for Firefox soon. Since an extension .xpi file is only a zip file, you can open it and inspect the Javascript before using it. It's important to know that you're not running something nasty.

Are you running Firefox yet?

I recommend the following extensions:


Xinha Here .10

 full HTML editor that can pop up in your webbrowser.  I'm using it to post this.  No more typing tags!

It has some bugs though and actually has too many features for ordinary posting at FR.

 Stylish 0.4  injects CSS to any website, easy to use, easy to block ads, change layouts.
 Greasemonkey  injects Javascript into any website, great for blocking ads or rewriting pages.
 NoScript  control whether scripts can run on a per-site basis, great for security
AdBlock auto-updater, blocks ads and known bad websites, auto-updatable data files

97 posted on 10/19/2006 8:20:41 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: George W. Bush

Yea, im on FF. I like to keep my extensions to a minimum because too many can make FF more of a cludge than IE even.

Right now im using FasterFox and FireBux for development purposes.

I can give CSS a whirl to test some stuff if you want me to.


98 posted on 10/19/2006 9:04:00 AM PDT by smith288
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To: smith288; steveegg
I have some test files up on my web site. Two FR webpages saved with graphics and a tiny bit of Javascript.

A ReadMe.txt is included with instructions on which folder to put your wallpaper pix in.. No extension required, basic CSS editor in web page. It can do almost everything John's classes could already, only a few classes left to add now. And it adds more CSS classes for even more power. Create your own Ignore list with CSS, for instance. Personalize your own posts or your friends.

I'm starting work on a full-blown extension for FireFox now.

I noticed it broke the embedded videos in a recent revision of the script (or Firefox got updated and broke it). You can see the player in the thread but it's not playing correctly.

I'll fix the video bugs. Let me know how it works for you.
99 posted on 10/22/2006 10:00:12 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: smith288

BTW, I meant that the videos only fail to play from a file on the hard drive. If I load an FR thread with videos, they work fine. So, a minor bug to swat, probably with the href.


100 posted on 10/22/2006 10:03:39 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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