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Re^4: Site HTML filtering, Phase II (way fwd)

by tye (Sage)
on Feb 12, 2004 at 08:45 UTC ( #328505=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Site HTML filtering, Phase II (backcompat)
in thread Site HTML filtering, Phase II

I came up with an idea that I might like for moving forward regarding this type of change. I'd add a field to the node table for 'format' and a corresponding user setting.

All existing nodes would be tagged 'e2'. New users would start at 'pc' (which would be like simplified POD: preserve blank lines and treat paragraphs containing indented lines like code). When you compose a node, it'd default to your selected input format but you could select another.

But trying to support too many input formats would probably be a mistake, so new formats should probably be added slowly and deliberately.

Just the start of an idea...

- tye        

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Re: Re^4: Site HTML filtering, Phase II (way fwd)
by Corion (Pope) on Feb 12, 2004 at 08:57 UTC

    I also came close to proposing that idea, but held back on it, because that way, we lose the option to store a "clean" version in the database.

    While the "new way" would be much more flexible, it also requires re-rendering of the format into HTML on each load from the database. I don't know how much of the re-rendering is currently done, so maybe there is no additional hit, and maybe the caching is already aggressive enough to allow this.

      Replacing the node 'as typed' in the DB with some cleaned up version would be a mistake in my book. It is very intollerant of coding mistakes or even allowing improvements, and it often isn't nice to the author.

      Caching a cleaned copy in addition to the original is fine (but we don't do it and I doubt it'd be a big win just yet) -- and this is possible with the scheme I proposed.

      - tye        

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