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Formatting Errors Answered

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

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Teensy Doodles
Teensy Doodles

10 years ago

Hmm, something like that happened to my first instructable.  I don't think it's the authors' fault...

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noahw
noahw

10 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?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 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.

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noahw
noahw

Reply 10 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!

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago

I looked into this (comments below) - I didn't find an obvious unclosed-tag problem.

L

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Pozole
Pozole

10 years ago

On "DIY 1000 watt wind turbine", only the thumbnails show. The larger pictures don't come up.

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

10 years ago

This is a problem with the people writing instructables and forum topics, not a bug with the instructables site itself.

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n8man
n8man

Reply 10 years ago

 Basically, what Lemonie said.

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Alright.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago

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.

L

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n8man
n8man

Reply 10 years ago

 I looked at the source and it was pretty hard to follow. But it had to do with a misplaced strong tag.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 10 years ago

It starts here:

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

L
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n8man
n8man

Reply 10 years ago

 It actually might have started before that, there were some strong tags around two breaks above that one.

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n8man
n8man

Reply 10 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.

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LoneWolf
LoneWolf

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, alright.

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lemonie
lemonie

10 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.

?

L