Inline Edit: Blanks -- initial, embedded, and trailing
eli at media.berkeley.edu
Tue Jul 22 20:23:06 UTC 2008
I'm with Paul, that trimming of whitespace should be configurable for
the inline editor, or maybe there is a call back that allows the
developer to insert their own validation and/or manipulation "on blur".
Most data in web app benefits from have leading and trailing spaces
removed. It's a rare case when you want to keep it.
On Jul 22, 2008, at 10:27 AM, Paul Zablosky wrote:
> It's interesting that a lot of the tricky issues with Inline Edit
> are associated with "whitespace" -- blanks, tabs, newlines, and
> "emptiness". Here it's a case of the user having to deal with the
> internal value of the string (which may contain repeated spaces)
> while editing, and later seeing the display value which has been
> filtered through HTML. If the user is used to doing markup-language
> text editing, they probably understand what is going on. If they're
> used to WYSIWYG, they probably don't.
> Anastasia Cheetham wrote:
>> On 21-Jul-08, at 8:05 PM, Paul Zablosky wrote:
>>> A couple of questions:
>>> • Is the trimming and compressing of blanks part of the
>>> intended behaviour of the component?
>> The compression of blanks is a side effect of the way HTML works -
>> if you put a string of spaces into HTML markup, they are displayed
>> as a single space. If you want what is called a 'non-breaking
>> space,' you have to use the special character ' ' instead of a
>> regular space character.
>> It's a question for the designers as to what would be the ideal
>> behaviour when a user enters a string of spaces into the edit field.
>>> • Shouldn't the width of the edit box be the same as the
>>> editable text width?
>> This is a good question - another one for the designers, I
>> suspect :-)
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