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    Brian Livingston
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    This post is in response to an issue that had been raised in which some shortcuts for emoticons were unexpectedly changing meaningful text into images.

    For instance, B) and were being transformed into images. But those patterns could easily appear in a list or other text that someone entered. Members found accidental transformations difficult or impossible to understand and fix. A discussion of the overall problem is at Post 767958.

    One proposed solution was to completely eliminate emoticons, since they're not strictly required for communications. Short of a total ban on our little smiley friends, however, the approach with the most support was to simply add a character to eliminate any possible accidents.

    To insert an emoticon into a post, it's best for you to (1) click the smiley face in the edit toolbar and then (2) select your desired emoticon in the drop-down window. For people who prefer to type in a code every time, however, this can now be done without side-effects. Every emoticon shortcut must now begin and end with a colon. No real words or sentence fragments start and end with a colon, so no accidents should occur. The following is a list of shortcuts that are affected.

    Emoticon shortcuts that a trailing colon was added to (spaces added to prevent conversions):

    : D is now : D :
    : o is now : o :
    : ( is now : ( :
    : ) is now : ) :
    : P is now : P :


    Emoticon shortcuts that leading and trailing colons were added to (spaces added to prevent conversions):

    B ) is now : B ) :
    < _ < is now : < _ < :
    ^ _ ^ is now : ^ _ ^ :
    - _ - is now : - _ - :
    ; ) is now : ; ) :


    A lot of these "shortcuts" are harder to type than simply clicking the desired emoticon in the drop-down window. But you can still type a character string if you prefer. We've just given all the strings a consistent requirement to be surrounded by colons, in response to your suggestions.

    There are currently 33 emoticons to choose from. The other 23 already followed the "beginning and ending colon" rule. Let us know if any others pose keyboard conflicts. Thanks for reporting this.

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    Thank you, that looks like a good solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Livingston View Post
    There are currently 33 emoticons to choose from.
    Thanks, Brian, for having this problem sorted out! Is there hope for an increased population of these small but cheerful creatures, to include many of those which used to be available to Lounging Persons?
    BATcher

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    Brian Livingston
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    I hope we Loungers will somehow survive with only 33 emoticons to choose from, at least until Dec. 10, 2009. That's when all of the Windows Secrets Newsletter subscribers will have been notified to start using the Lounge.

    Between now and then, we are moving the site to a new domain, rewriting most of the IPB 3.0 help text and UI strings, implementing a scalable virtual server cluster to handle the load, integrating sneak previews of Woody's and other contributors' columns, and coping with the inevitable questions and support issues that something like 40,000 new members will raise. Oh, and we still have to fix the maddening, overarching issue, "new-post icons don't update properly in the Lounge Lobby." Invision has promised us a patch any day now.

    We plan to e-mail the NL list gradually, over a period of about 17 days, to ease the load not on the servers, which can take it, but on the Admins, Mods, and VIPs, who are wonderfully human. After that wave of activity is completed, I'd like to return to expanding the smiley universe. Lord knows we'll need something to put a grin on our faces by then!

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    Plutonium Lounger Leif's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Livingston View Post
    .....spaces added to prevent conversions....
    Would there be some benefit in add a tag for literal display?

    We can use the [code] tag:

    Code:
     and  for example
    but that isn't pretty.

    To display [code] or :): so they are not decoded, I use the following formatting:

    Code:
    [code] and :[b])[:
    but that is a lot of work - perhaps a [L] and [/L] tag for literal?

    (We also used to have [T] and [/T] to produce the '[' and ']' tags without being converted.)

    There are bound to be occasions were someone needs quick help on entering tags and a quick and easy means of showing what needs to be entered could be quite useful.

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    When we first moved to IPB we tried to implement [TAG][/TAG] as an equivalent to the old [T], but this caused major problems when people edited posts so we rapidly removed it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leif View Post
    Would there be some benefit in add a tag for literal display?
    Yes. Something like an "inline" CODE tag would be handy.

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