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Request For Feature: More text formatting options Answered

. As you've probably figured out by now, I'm a big fan of Instructables. Great concept, great implementation, and a fantastic community of users. . I do believe, though, that the lack of text formatting options is holding back a lot of contributors and gives a rather drab look to a lot of iBles. . I understand that there are security and abuse issues with all features, but formatting options such as paragraph indent, tabular/columnar data, &c would be appreciated by the authors and would make the site look so much better.

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lemonie

9 years ago

The formatting is standardised, but this is something to be expected. I favour that the content is most important and that if you give people too many 'toys' to play with you end up with "Death by PowerPoint".
I don't have a problem with standardised formats having submitted articles to scientific journals, but I appreciate that it can be an annoyance. (oh yes)
The site needs to have some consistency and a general format, give too much artistic freedom and it gets a bit fuzzy - 'content over appearance'.

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NachoMahmalemonie

Reply 9 years ago

> content is most important
. Agreed. But it helps to look good. (And you look mahvelous. Absolutely mahvelous.)
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> ... articles to scientific journals ... can be an annoyance
. ROFL When my ex was submitting papers to psych journals, she spent more time getting the formatting to APA standards than actually writing.
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. Robot is talking about going to a system with paid memberships. Since he will have to set up classes of users for that, maybe he can add a can-be-trusted-with-sharp-objects class that has access to "advanced" formatting options.

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kelseymh

9 years ago

I second NM's request, and add some specifics, with the HTML equivalents, below.

1) Inlined 'monospace' code, <Code>...</Code>. The standard Wiki formatting apparently used backquotes (`...`) for this.

2) Block-indented paragraphs <Blockquote>...</Blockquote>. This could be done with a "macro" a la
         [[BR]]
using the next end-of-paragraph blank lines as the closer.

3) Handle the "escape" (!) character more uniformly, supressing translation of the subsequent token in all cases. For example, I could have written item (2) above as
     a la ![[BR]] using the next ...

For tabular stuff, it would be good to use the same formatting rules as standard Wiki stuff (e.g., the "EdgeWall" documentation NM has on his FAQ page).
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Chicken2209kelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

  • Seconded
I've always disliked the lack of indentation on instructables, I'm so used to the organized look of paragraphs that I cannot function without it.
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fwjs28

9 years ago

eleventy-thirded...