Instructables

Formatting Errors

I noticed a few things on a few instructables and forum topics that I found interesting.

In some cases, the bold and italics tags are not being closed, leading to these two cases

Italics Look at the sidebar to the right
Bold Everything past the first step, including the side bar

Hmm, something like that happened to my first instructable.  I don't think it's the authors' fault...
noahw4 years ago
Seems like it's the author's responsibility to format their projects however they see fit.  Have you notified the authors in either of these two cases that they might want to close their tags?
kelseymh noahw4 years ago
I'm not sure that I completely agree, Noah. 

The way the CKEditor's graphical interface is set up, it is not at all obvious that users have to do explicit closure.  In fact, as I've discovered, if you try to do that, quite often the editor gets confused and won't let you continue typing properly. 

I have frequently had to go into the raw HTML and repair it by hand (an option not available to non-paid users, and one most users would not be competent to do).

As I see it, this sort of interface which hides the underlying markup has a resonsibility to generate correct final-state markup under all conditions.  I don't think that's something you (I'bles Staff) can control, since you've adopted a third-party product.  But perhaps feedback to the CKEditor team would be useful.
noahw kelseymh4 years ago
You're totally right...I didn't look down through the entire Instructable to notice that the bold carried right through into the comments, and that the entire community section on the right was all Italicized - upon my initial and quick first past I was honestly just looking at the Instructable.  My mistake.

Yes, this certainly seems like a bug.  I'll add it to the list now.

Thanks everyone!
lemonie noahw4 years ago
I looked into this (comments below) - I didn't find an obvious unclosed-tag problem.

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Pozole4 years ago
On "DIY 1000 watt wind turbine", only the thumbnails show. The larger pictures don't come up.
LoneWolf4 years ago
This is a problem with the people writing instructables and forum topics, not a bug with the instructables site itself.
n8man (author)  LoneWolf4 years ago
 Basically, what Lemonie said.
LoneWolf n8man4 years ago
Alright.
It goes both ways. Not having closed tags may be the cause, but users ought not to be able to screw with content they haven't added.

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n8man (author)  lemonie4 years ago
 I looked at the source and it was pretty hard to follow. But it had to do with a misplaced strong tag.
lemonie n8man4 years ago
It starts here:

 <strong>   <br /> Tools and Supplies</strong> 
 <br /> 
The closure is in there but ineffective, like all other closures after.
?

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n8man (author)  lemonie4 years ago
 It actually might have started before that, there were some strong tags around two breaks above that one.
n8man (author)  n8man4 years ago
Hit ctrl+U to see the source within your browser.
For the first one, gmj seems to have caused the problem with his comment at line 730
For the second one, lines 534 through 540 should contain the problem.

Oh, alright.

lemonie4 years ago
OK, there's a strong closure after the "wacky color" sentence, which is not preceded by an opener, that's unbalanced.
I posted a comment just now, but it didn't strong it.

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