No edit feature was forthcoming May 26, 2000 9:07 AM   Subscribe

The horror! From the ether of the Internet they came. Words misspelled, tags not closed. And there was carnage, and suffering, and the people cried out to The Haghey for an edit feature.

But the serpent Sikk had gained favor in The MetaFilter court, and Haughey hardened his heart. No edit feature was forthcoming.

And the carnage continued. Three score and 4 posters died from shame, all for want of a forgotten pronoun. Again the people cried out to The Haughey. If not an edit feature, why not a preview feature.

But The Haughey would hear none of it. "If I grant you a preview, the Ticket Stubs shall never be done". And thus the MetaFilterites suffered.

Eeep! To much of that wacky god stuff. Anyway, thanks to the magic of bookmarklets, and the incompetence of my managers, (a few weeks of lag time right now, followed by two weeks of non stop overtime work), I present the Preview bookmarklet.

Drag the link to you links toolbar, (just like Deepleap, but without the Sexy Motherfucker), type you comment, and then use the bookmarklet. You post will be previewed in a brand new window. The bookmarklet will work on any page with a single form and single textarea.

It's not quite perfect, I'm not sure what HTML Matt does and doesn't allow, plus my brain hurts too much to grep out the line breaks right now. Also, I didn't feel like dissecting the entire Metafilter style sheet, so your colors and spacing may be a bit off. Let me know if you run into any problems (it's only been tested on the PC side).

Hey, it's free. Deal.
posted by alana to Feature Requests at 9:07 AM (13 comments total)

sweet jesus, that's great. I'm gonna go ahead and code the preview option (I was going to do it last night), but that's a great solution. Thanks Alan!
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:33 AM on May 26, 2000

Preview. With line breaks.

(easier than I thought)
posted by alana at 12:34 PM on May 26, 2000

Just testing the preview. Lemme see . . . Hmmm.

OK. Do it.

Sweet! Thanks Alan.
posted by sylloge at 2:28 PM on May 26, 2000

What is this exactly!? I'm not too bright! ;-)
posted by FAB4GIRL at 3:13 PM on May 26, 2000

here's some quick instructions: drag the "Preview" link in Alan's last comment up to your links bar in IE. You'll get a warning asking if you really want to do it, say yes.

then type a comment anywhere on metafilter, then hit the button. Here's what this comment I'm writing now looks like after hitting my Preview bookmark.

So if it looks right, just close the pop and hit the Post Comment button.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:08 PM on May 26, 2000

Wicked cool! Works so far in IE5 for Mac too, but barfs in Navigator/Communicator. Thanks alan!
posted by bradlands at 7:30 PM on May 26, 2000

Heh, looking back on that first post, perhaps I should have looked over my preview a bit more carefully. You, your, what's the difference.

I just noticed the Netscape problems, on both platforms, and I think I've fixed them. IE's pretty lax about its's. Netscape, well, let's avoid that can 'o worms. (I'm not blaming the browser, I'm blaming me)


posted by alana at 10:01 PM on May 26, 2000

Test, test, testing 5-6-7...yeah, looks cool! --G.
posted by goodhelp at 11:09 PM on May 28, 2000

Nope, the new one still fails to work in NS4.71/W98.

Pops a new full size window, decorated like my usual, with no URL, and a grey background. No content.
posted by baylink at 11:12 AM on May 29, 2000

why do i get to be the serpant?
posted by sikk at 4:25 PM on May 29, 2000

posted by alana at 10:23 AM on May 30, 2000

Hmmm, I have 4.61/Win 98 at home, and it's working fine there.

I just downloaded 4.73 at work and it's working on that as well.

Does anyone know where I could find 4.71?

(Baylink, what shows up when you view the source of the new window that pops up?)
posted by alana at 11:03 AM on May 30, 2000

I dunno; here's a test.

Whatever rendering it thinks it needs to do... never stops. I can't *get* to view source.
posted by baylink at 8:10 AM on June 6, 2000

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