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by dk (Chaplain)
on Oct 25, 2008 at 08:22 UTC ( #719478=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I have a couple ideas about cool uses of graphics in perl, which I think are worth publishing here. Now, as I found out, perlmonks doesn't allow "img src", and without embedded images these cool ideas won't be that cool, by definition. Now, a question.

Can there be done something about that? Or, if there's an existing functionality so I can add images (not as links, of course)? Possibly perlmonks is not the best medium for such kind of article, so what would you recommend instead?


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Re: images in posts
by moritz (Cardinal) on Oct 25, 2008 at 08:47 UTC
    There are many good reasons not to allow images in posts here, so I guess it won't be allowed any time soon, if at all.

    I don't know if the journals allow images, but you can certainly try. There are hundreds of other free blog systems out there, from blogspot to wordpress.

    Just pick a blog that you like, make your post there, and link to it from Perl News.

      I don't know if the journals allow images, but you can certainly try.

      Nope, it says:

      Allowed HTML
      <b> <i> <code> <cite> <small> <p> <br> <a> <ol> <ul> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <em> <strong> <tt> <blockquote> <div> <ecode> <quote> <quote>
      URLs &lt;URL:; will auto-link a URL
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Re: images in posts
by blazar (Canon) on Oct 25, 2008 at 12:21 UTC

    I personally believe that at least in principle it would be wonderful to allow images in posts. But this, if you reason about it, would imply two things: to allow <img> tags, and to allow image hosting at the Monastery. To be fair, the second one would not be strictly necessary, but I presume you can feel how unreliable the former would be without the latter: apart that hotlinking external resources may be considered harmful, a post with an image hosted at another site may look nice now and horrible in a year or so, should that image disappear. Thus the admins of this site must have good reasons not to allow hosting of images here in the first place, (disk space? traffic?) and (probably as a partial consequence) <img> tags at all.

    Of course, the simplest solution to your problem would be to put either your single images elsewhere or an entire "post" on a blog, or wiki or handwritten html page if nothing else suits you, and link them here: a broken link would look much better than a missing image.

    I've recently discovered that the Disqus commenting system which I use to "augment" my tumblelog to a (more commonly seen as) "real" blogging platform doesn't allow <img> tags either: (not that it surprises me terribly, but I had hoped...) it's true that it's still an "external" service, but I think they could allow them, perhaps at a user's option: I for one would use it with images hosted on the same tumblelog - but now that I think about it, I don't know what the casual commenter may do, if given that freedom... So perhaps they're right. Or they may give that freedom to the admin only, but that would introduce an asymmetry that some visitor may dislike. Never mind, it's already a very good tool!

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Re: images in posts
by zentara (Archbishop) on Oct 25, 2008 at 13:45 UTC
    You can always put links to images on external sites, screenshots urls are commonly used.

    I can imagine the extra burden on the janitors to make sure porn images are not used in posts.

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Re: images in posts
by CountZero (Bishop) on Oct 25, 2008 at 19:49 UTC
    and without embedded images these cool ideas won't be that cool
    Please, give your fellow Monks some credit!

    Do you really think that we would not understand your cool ideas without a graphical example?The beauty of your cool idea is in the code itself and if anyone wishes he can run your code to see for himself.


    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

Re: images in posts
by massa (Hermit) on Oct 25, 2008 at 10:42 UTC
    Two words: ASCII art :-)
    []s, HTH, Massa (κς,πμ,πλ)
Re: images in posts
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 25, 2008 at 10:49 UTC

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