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TribExt v0.1234

by someone Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 11:17:01 AM EST

Yes! It's a new version of TribExt. Some fixes are provided for old features, and a few new ones are introduced. Mostly, however, it has been updated for Firefox 3.0. I will not be around much tonight, so enjoy in my absence. Any bugs will be dealt with starting from tomorrow.


New Features

In Page Comment Links
When a link in a diary or a comment refers to another comment in that diary, a left click is intercepted, and scrolls the page to the appropriate location. This is independent of where the link actually points. I.e. the case where the link is to the www.eurotrib/comments/... page, rather than to an in-page anchor, it still just scrolls the page. (This applies to the parent link of a comment, most notably). Further, when the page is scrolled in this manner, the comment scrolled to has a 'BACK' link added after the title. Clicking the 'BACK' scrolls the page 'BACK' to where we originated. This is very useful in long threads when it is unclear exactly which comment the current one is in response to, and the 'BACK' gets you back fast without need to find the correct place again. All these links display in green, by default, to distinguish them from other links. You may change the color, or turn the feature off in the TribExt preference interface. (Found under Tools->Add-ons). Note that the link itself is not changed. If you open it in a new tab, or copy it, you will get a link to wherever it pointed.
Find unread replies to your comments
A way to find replies to your comments, or rather ancestor comments of ones you have written. This function is located under the 'tools' menu item. (Only available when Eurotrib is the current page.) It opens a new tab, looks through the last 50 comments you have made, and find any new comments in the sub-threads under those. The results are gathered in the new tab, and a 'DONE' alert is sent. This function ends up doing a bunch of calls to the ET server, and may take some time to finish. One may therefore continue with the browsing of other stuff, and when the search is done, the browser will let you know. -- This feature will not work if you were having problems with the dynamic ratings.
Next and Previous New Comment
Now scrolls horizontally as well, so that comments in wide threads can be more easily read
Comment widths
When comment nesting becomes very deep, top level comments tend to become very wide, and deeply nested ones very narrow. This makes reading difficult. The extension now sets the maximum width of a comment as the window width minus 50px, and the minimum comment width as 10% of the window width. The diary width is set to a maximum of 75% of the window width. This should prevent text from running longer than the window width, and allow deeply nested comments to be wide enough to read. The minimum and maximum comment widths are settable through the extension preference interface. Things will still look a bit funny with deeply nested threads. There is nothing to be done about the right column of the ET page running far, far right when the comments get very wide, for example. But I think things become more readable this way. Oh, and clicking the date link of a comment is an excellent way to scroll it both horizontally and vertically into a good position to read. (Works via the In Page Comment Link functionality above.)

Fixed Stuff
Ratings
Fixed so that dynamic ratings are available from all pages that allow normal comment ratings.
There is now an option for 'oldschool' ratings. These work in the traditional way, i.e. you have to click the 'Rate All' button. If you have clicked ratings buttons on a page and try to navigate away from it, you will be reminded to register the ratings. This option is included for those that for whom the dynamic ratings do not work.
Copy HTML
Fixed to provide correct links when copied from Eurotrib reply page.
Translate
Updated to reflect Google's expanded language set. Also, I had identified the French apostrophe to cause problems with Google translate. This was fixed by replacing it with a single forward quote before sending on for translation.

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Once again, you did a fantastic job, someone! Thanks a lot!

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 11:40:38 AM EST
Does it work with Firefox 2.0?

"It's a mystery to me - the game commences, For the usual fee - plus expenses, Confidential information - it's in my diary..."
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 11:45:17 AM EST
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Most of it should. I have not tested it as I nuked my Firefox 2.0 a while ago. However, Firefox 3.0 has now been released, and you will be expected to update... ;P
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 11:48:12 AM EST
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Are you Microsoft er Firefox support in disguise? :-)

"It's a mystery to me - the game commences, For the usual fee - plus expenses, Confidential information - it's in my diary..."
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 11:52:16 AM EST
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like the new search, excellent as usual.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 01:20:32 PM EST
Two service notes:

  1. In some instances, after upgrading to Firefox 3, dynamic ratings no longer work. The wonderful new Unread Comment Replies feature doesn't work either (it uses the same function). I failed to find the reason yet, so if more people have the problem, please describe your system. (So far I'm aware of the problem on three machines, including my work computer.)

  2. Firefox 3 users may have noticed that the blue link-box to the TribExt download page stays up permanently. This is because I used a hack to get ET to detect your TribExt version (and then hide the blue box), but the gap was closed in FF3. I should find something more proper.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 05:24:56 PM EST
The unread Comment Replies feature doesn't work on my Firefox 2.0 system - it creates a new tab with nothing but a small square box in it.

"It's a mystery to me - the game commences, For the usual fee - plus expenses, Confidential information - it's in my diary..."
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Jul 11th, 2008 at 07:10:37 PM EST
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Have you verified that there are indeed some unread comments to find? Do you get the alert with 'DONE' popping up? Have you waited long enough? The done alert may take while to appear. Several minutes, sometimes. This is because the script has to make a number of calls to the ET server looking for comments.
by someone (s0me1smail(a)gmail(d)com) on Sat Jul 12th, 2008 at 04:28:46 AM EST
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Everything works perfectly for me. Thanks again!

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Sat Jul 12th, 2008 at 09:02:38 AM EST
Anyone else having Tribext problems since the Firefox update a couple of days ago?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jul 17th, 2008 at 06:21:43 PM EST
from the error log on reinstallling I get this

Error: e.location.getItemLocation(e.id) is undefined
Source File: file:///C:/Program%20Files/Mozilla%20Firefox%203%20Beta%205/components/nsExtensionManager.js
Line: 4007

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Jul 17th, 2008 at 06:24:43 PM EST
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