[personal profile] jazzyjj
Hi everyone. I thought it was about time for another update from yours truly. As I write this, I'm just back from a relative's funeral. Not much to discuss there though: just the usual visitation followed by the funeral itself and spending time with family, both immediate and extended.





But I wanted to let everyone know that I am finally! having more of a desire to delve into politics. Why the change of heart, I hear you ask? Well, mainly because people have been bugging me about it. And yes, this includes my family. There are 2 reasons for my lack of involvement in the political process. First off, it has pretty much always been my belief that advocacy just doesn't work a lot of the time. There, I said it! Lol! I think this is particularly true when it comes to disability-rights advocacy. I've mainly seen it happen throughout Illinois, but I think it's true in a few other states as well. But the other reason I haven't been much for politics--perhaps somewhat related--is the lack of screen reader access to most if not all of these political websites. Enter NFB Newsline! If I can't travel independently very much, I figure I could at least read up on all that's going on. Sure I've heard some of it while listening to the radio, and while watching TV with family and friends. But I have for the most part been tuned out. I think this can be said of at least some other people though.





I have been an NFB Newsline subscriber now for several years. I've never been much of an NFB fan for the most part. While they have indeed done some very good things, a lot of it is just too hard-core for my bones. However, one of the great things that is going on at the NFB is Newsline. Like all other subscribers to the service, I started out only using it over the telephone. But when their website came online, I just had to investigate. So investigate I did, and I became acquainted with their site. But due to a rather hectic schedule, I basically put it on the back burner and kind of forgot about the website. But last week I went on there again. I am happy to report that the team has been hard at work adding great new content, and I for one am super excited to take full advantage of this excellent service. So thank you NFB Newsline team! Your hard work is definitely paying off, for me and for many others.

When Chaos Reigns

Feb. 24th, 2017 06:30 am
[syndicated profile] kirkus_kidlit_feed
As I’ve said many times here at Kirkus, I love to follow picture book imports, and one thing I appreciate about them is the amount of chaos they’re willing to let in. If you live in America and primarily write about picture books from this country, as I do, along comes an import, and it’s often an altogether different beast. And a breath of fresh air. (To be sure, it’s not that American picture books don’t get bonkers. Jason Carter Eaton’s newest picture book is but one example of that. There’s over-the-top chaos and misrule PLUS an infestation of barbarians, of all the things.)
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Posted by Timothy Cole

The W3C has announced the publication of three new standards aimed to enable an ecosystem of interoperable products that let the world comment on, describe, tag, and link any resource on the Web. Many websites already allow comments, but current annotation systems rely on unique, usually proprietary technologies chosen and provided by publishers. Notes cannot be shared easily across the Web and comments about a Web page can only be saved and viewed via a single website. Readers cannot select their own tools, choose their own service providers or bring their own communities. The adoption of the Web Annotation standards will spell the end of the phrase “Don’t read the comments!”, returning power to the readers decide where and how they provide and consume such feedback.

What the Web Annotation standards do

The three new standards describe how to precisely identify the target, body and metadata of an annotation of a Web resource. They provide a basic data structure and protocol to ensure interoperability among annotation systems, but they do not dictate how annotation tools and services are realized in terms of user interface features and functionality. Each of the standards serves a specific purpose:

  • The Annotation Data Model provides the structure and details for any web developer to quickly build out compatible tools and content. It gives use cases and examples for the JSON structures to create and consume.
  • The Annotation Vocabulary projects the data model into Linked Data, providing a solid and future-proof foundation to enable extension and semantic understanding. In fact, the JSON structures of the Data Model are already semantic as well as easy to implement, via the magic of the JSON-LD specification.
  • The Annotation Protocol provides a simple RESTful HTTP API for communicating among annotation clients and servers, and builds upon the Linked Data Platform specification.

These specifications provide the foundational material for a new generation of annotation tools on the Web while still leaving developers free to address specific use cases with tailored interfaces and services. This will encourage new innovations and the emergence of community-based best practices. For example, The W3C Working Group Note on Embedding Web Annotations in HTML, published concurrently with the three Web Annotation Recommendations, describes and illustrates just a few of the potential approaches for including annotations within HTML documents, serving as a starting point for further discussion, experimentation and development.

Getting This Far and What’s Ahead

The work on the annotation specifications started in 2009 with two independent groups, the Annotation Ontology and the Open Annotation Collaboration (both of which built upon the early W3C project: Annotea). In 2011, the two groups joined forces to help found the W3C Open Annotation Community Group. In 2013 this Community Group published a series of initial draft specifications. 2014 saw the creation of the Web Annotation Working Group to take the work through the standardization process and further the engagement with the web community, resulting in the specifications published on February 23rd, 2017.

As a diverse group of Web developers, publishers, and content creators note below, this work is and will be increasingly important as the volume and speed of information publishing continue to grow. The world has seen a dramatic increase in the spread of misinformation and “fake news”, and the web previously lacked a decentralized, trustworthy mechanism for fact checking and public discussion. Cory Doctorow, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the award-winning boingboing.net, describes the importance of annotation in this space:

We are absolutely delighted to see these recommendations land and endorse them in full. Though much hard work remains to be done, a formal standard for a universal web annotation layer is a critical step in the development of this promising new paradigm.

The broad, growing interest in Web annotation tools and services magnifies the likely impact of these specifications. As Dan Whaley, of Hypothes.is and the Annotating All Knowledge coalition, notes, the publication of these Recommendations means that:

Annotation has now become a formal part of the Web —– the importance of which cannot be overstated. Over seventy major publishers and platforms under the Annotating All Knowledge coalition have pledged to include interoperable annotations as a collaborative framework over their content, and these implementations can now move forward with confidence. More importantly, browsers can now consider enabling users to listen for conversations on every page on the Web as a native capability.

Another domain that directly benefits from these standards is the multi-billion-dollar e-book publishing sector. Sharing annotations from your ePub reader — whether on your phone, computer, or dedicated device — and interacting with others regardless of their particular platform, enables massive and rapid improvements in teaching and learning at all levels. Patrick Johnston, Director of Platform Architecture, Product Technology, at the publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. describes the importance of the work:

We’ve used the Open Annotation Community Group’s Data Model at Wiley for some time. The Web Annotation specifications provide some needed improvements and additional guidance we’re working to implement and look forward to continued collaboration around annotation in digital publishing.

The traditions of scholarly discourse in sharing comments, annotations, etc., is a significant use case which can now be brought into the digital age of scholarly publishing. The same is true in areas like digital cultural heritage. Sheila Rabun is the Community and Communications Officer for the IIIF Consortium (International Image Interoperability Framework), currently consisting of 40 primarily academic and cultural heritage organizations including the national libraries of Britain, France, Israel, Norway, and Poland, and universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, and Tokyo. She describes the standards’ importance in that community:

The work done in IIIF could not happen without the groundbreaking specifications coming from the Open Annotation and Web Annotation groups. Annotation is a fundamental part of the IIIF model, and our most asked-for and discussed feature in implementations. It increases the visibility of digital cultural heritage and enables distributed online scholarship.

Acknowledgments and Further Information

We would like to thank everyone that has been involved throughout the process. In particular the previous co-chair, Frederick Hirsch; the W3C staff contacts, Ivan Herman and Doug Schepers; the other editors of the specifications, Benjamin Young and Paolo Ciccarese; the members of the Web Annotation Working Group, and the members of the Open Annotation Community Group. We are grateful for the past, present, and future work underway around these specifications.

For further information please contact the Chairs of the Web Annotation Working Group, Dr. Robert Sanderson (J. Paul Getty Trust, rsanderson@getty.edu) and Prof. Timothy Cole (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, t-cole3@illinois.edu). To comment on or discuss potential uses of the Web Annotation Recommendations, or to post news and updates about your implementations of these specifications, please join the W3C Open Annotation Community Group.

Chocolate Box Reveals!

Feb. 23rd, 2017 09:55 am
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[personal profile] sanguinity
During nominations, I threw Gentlemen of the Road into the tagset on a whim, fully expecting nothing to come of it, and guess what? I actually got a Gentlemen of the Road story! Yay!
Aftermath of the Debacle at Tergeste by [archiveofourown.org profile] opalmatrix
Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon
Amram/Zelikman
Fugitives, Huddling for Warmth, Arguing, Pre-Slash, Pre-Canon
948 words, teen, no warnings apply
In which they argue about that debacle at Tergeste for the first time.

It's a lovely, grumpy, cranky, devoted bit of H/C, riffing on one of my favorite passages from the book, and it made me smile from ear-to-ear. It still does.

...and after a last-minute change of plans, I wrote:
Mr Green and the Adventure of the Ten Gallon Hat by [archiveofourown.org profile] sanguinity
My Dearly Beloved Detective
Shirley Holmes/Jane Watson; Mr Green
Humor, Post-Canon, Fix-It
1300 words, general audiences, no warnings apply
Jane Watson runs away from the circus to become a detective again.

My Dearly Beloved Detective is a Russian film in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are fictional, and people keep coming to 221B in search of their help. A detective agency was installed on the premises to serve the apparent need, and the two strongest candidates for the positions were a pair of women, Shirley Holmes and Jane Watson. The film is an absurdist musical with a tragi-comic heart, and has frequent shout-outs to the Soviet-made Lenfilm series of a few years earlier. It's available on youtube with English fan-made subtitles.

There's been a lovely little explosion of works for the film over the past year (if we can call eight works an explosion, which I will), and I thought I'd try my hand at adding an absurdist, semi-comic work to the bunch. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] garonne for last minute beta and britpick!

Searching the Dawes Rolls

Feb. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm
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Posted by usnationalarchives

Today’s post comes from Jason Clingerman, Digital Public Access Branch Chief at the National Archives.


Are you looking to sharpen your research skills? We’re exploring some of the most requested records at the National Archives and how to search for them in the Catalog. Today we’ll take a closer look at the Applications for Enrollment in the Five Civilized Tribes, 1898-1914, also known as the Dawes Rolls, a popular search by researchers in the National Archives Catalog.

What are the Dawes Rolls?

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Dawes Enrollment Jacket for Choctaw, Choctaw by Blood, Card #1381. National Archives Identifier 44298834

The Dawes Commission, known formally as the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, was appointed by President Grover Cleveland in 1893 and headed by Henry L. Dawes to negotiate land with the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole tribes.

Tribe members were allotted land in return for abolishing tribal governments and recognizing Federal laws. In order to receive the land, individual tribal members first had to apply and be deemed eligible by the Commission.

The Commission accepted applications from 1898 until 1907, with a few additional people accepted by an Act of Congress in 1914. The resulting lists of those who were accepted as eligible for land became known as the Dawes Rolls.

 

Why search the Dawes Rolls?

The Rolls contain over 101,000 names and can be searched to discover the enrollee’s name, sex, blood degree, and census card number. Census cards often provide additional genealogical information and can contain references to earlier rolls, such as the 1880 Cherokee census. A census card is often accompanied by an “application jacket.” The jackets can contain valuable supporting documentation such as birth and death affidavits, marriage licenses, and correspondence.

Today these five tribes continue to use the Dawes Rolls as the basis for determining tribal membership. They usually require applicants to provide proof of descent from a person who is listed on these rolls. (Contact the tribes directly for enrollment information).

How do I search the Dawes Rolls by name?

  1. Go to the National Archives Catalog series description for the Dawes Rolls and click on “Search within this series.”dawes1a
  2. Remove the *:* from the search bar, replace it with the name you would like to search, and press Enter.dawes2a
  3. Results displayed will contain the name (or elements of the name) you searched on.dawes3a
  4. Click on a result to view that record. The name you searched may not be the primary name in the record, so make sure to view all of the pages to find the relevant information.dawes4a

You can find more resources for researching Native American Heritage on archives.gov.

Interested in more topics like this? Find out what’s new in the National Archives Catalog by subscribing to our National Archives Catalog newsletter!

Kelly DiPucchio

Feb. 23rd, 2017 06:37 am
[syndicated profile] kirkus_kidlit_feed
Kelly DiPucchio may tackle disparate topics in her award-winning, bestselling children’s books—cured meats, zombies, politics, and dog breeds from France—but her approach is never didactic.
[personal profile] yendi
Amazon's got a one-day sale offering $8.62 off any $50 order (celebrating a Harris Poll ranking). Only available for another six hours, so grab it while you can.

The kindness of strangers

Feb. 21st, 2017 02:29 pm
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[personal profile] owlectomy
#1 - My debit card slipped out of my pocket as I was riding my bicycle but someone turned it in to the bank.

#2 - A couple of bolts fell off my bike rack, making it too shaky to ride with. Took it into the bike shop and they fixed it FOR FREE.

#3 - I was so occupied with running around here and there and unlocking and locking my bike up that I somehow went into the food co-op without locking my bike up. When I came out it was still sitting there by the bike rack.
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[personal profile] feicui posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions
Title:
Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account

Area:
accounts, statistics

Summary:
Allow users to specify an account for roleplay without affecting paid account services.

Description:
This is a suggestion mainly for statistical purposes! Dreamwidth has an active, sizable roleplaying community, a consequence of which is that there are a lot of "character accounts" scattered across the site. As someone who's very curious about DW's site statistics, I can't help but think that means there's a lot of essentially fictional data skewing things one way or another.

If possible, I'd like for roleplayers to be able to specify an account as being made for roleplay. It would have to be in a way that doesn't affect paid services, since some get paid/paid premium accounts and some don't. In addition to being able to choose it during account creation, there would also need to be an option for existing accounts to "switch over", since there are many, MANY existing character accounts.

Challenges involved: oh boy! I'm not at all familiar with site coding, especially Dreamwidth's, so I can't imagine how complicated this might be. I also don't know how many people would actually use this option, but I thought I'd throw this out there anyway.

Poll #18026 Allow users to specify an account as a roleplaying account
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 42


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Should be implemented as-is.
25 (59.5%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (2.4%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
16 (38.1%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] toudaimori posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
(Read more...) functioning as the black triangle to the left of it

Area:
Cut

Summary:
Can we please have the (Read more...) link functioning as the cut-opening arrow, not as the direct link to the entry?

Description:
Right now, when you click the (Read more...) link, you are redirected to the whole entry with the comments. If you want to simply open the cut and read what's inside, remaining on the main page of the journal, you have to click the tiny black triangle to the left of (Read more...). Can we please ditch this black triangle, which is barely visible, and have the (Read more...) link functioning as one? As for the direct link to the whole entry, it can be moved to the header, which is currently plain text without any use.

Poll #18025 (Read more...) functioning as the black triangle to the left of it
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 37


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Should be implemented as-is.
6 (16.2%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
3 (8.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
23 (62.2%)

(I have no opinion)
4 (10.8%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (2.7%)

posting a comment

Jan. 5th, 2017 07:20 pm
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[personal profile] blackorange posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
posting a comment

Area:
comments

Summary:
is it possible to implement a worldwide hotkey ctrl+enter for posting a comment?

Description:
is it possible to implement a worldwide hotkey "ctrl+enter" for posting a comment?

Poll #18024 posting a comment
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


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Should be implemented as-is.
2 (6.9%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
3 (10.3%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
6 (20.7%)

(I have no opinion)
18 (62.1%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] lassarina posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
System for Marking Entries to Read Later

Area:
Entries

Summary:
Similar to how AO3 allows you to bookmark fic to read later, it would be super convenient to be able to mark a DW entry on my reading page for later, especially if you often read Dreamwidth on mobile.

Description:
I try to read my reading page every day, but I don't always have time to read everything on it, especially when someone is doing heavy lifting for personal issues or has written a long, meaty entry I want time to digest, or hey look there's fic and I don't have time for it right this second but I really want to read it. I often read on mobile, and it's not really feasible to keep dozens of tabs open in mobile browser until I can come back to them. So, I'd love a way to store entries to read later that's separate from the memories feature (which in my mind is for stuff I've already read and want to remember.) I think this would make DW easier to use from mobile as well (oh look there's a post full of images, I don't want to look at that on a cell connection.)

Poll #18023 System for Marking Entries to Read Later
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


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Should be implemented as-is.
12 (37.5%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
6 (18.8%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
13 (40.6%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (3.1%)

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[personal profile] airynothing posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Fully threaded comment tracking emails using more than two References: headers

Area:
comment tracking emails

Summary:
Fully threaded mailreaders use the References: header in the email to build the tree structure of emails, expecting to find *all* direct ancestor messages' message-ids in the header. Currently comment notification emails only include up to two message-ids in the References: header -- one for the post, one for the top comment in the thread -- preventing the actual tree structure from being built by the mailreader. If all available parent-comment-of-parent-comment message IDs are included, a correct tree structure will be available in the mailreader.

Description:
I tracked a large comment meme and sent it to a fully threaded mailreader, only to find that the tree structure of the comments was not preserved. Threaded mailreaders use the References: header to build the tree, and all direct ancestor comments of the comment in question should be included. Currently in the email the only message-ids included in the References: header are for the post and the top-level comment. Result in the mailreader: chaos (due to the large size of the comment threads). Solution: include more references (all parent and parent-of-parent comments) in the References: header.

Poll #18022 Fully threaded comment tracking emails using more than two References: headers
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 24


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Should be implemented as-is.
5 (20.8%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
18 (75.0%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (4.2%)

[personal profile] julysnowed posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Reconsidering the Ability to Delete All Entries/Comments Associated With an Account Upon Deletion

Area:
accounts, entries, comments

Summary:
With the dramatic increase in recent years in both online and real-world harassment, I would like to consider revisiting the 2010 suggestion to give users the option to delete all entries/comments associated with an account upon account deletion.

Description:
The last time this suggestion was raised was in 2010, and it was rejected then. However, I think it's long past time to revisit the possibility of being able to delete all entries and comments associated with an account upon account deletion.

There are a lot of reasons people delete accounts. Sometimes those reasons are just a lack of time or interest, and that's okay. But sometimes those reasons get a lot more serious. We over-share sometimes. The people we meet online become friends, and we get lax about sharing personal information that perhaps shouldn't be shared in public internet spaces. Most of the time that never becomes a problem--most of the people we meet online are great. But sometimes the people who have access to your entries/posts/comments aren't great, and that can have repercussions irl just as easily as it can have repercussions online. The last few years have seen a dramatic uptick in everything from revenge porn to death threats to hacked accounts, and while stalking and real-world harassment are rare, they happen, and they're happening with increasing frequency. They happen often enough that (as of the time of this writing) a tumblr post about tips for how to disappear from the internet has over 760,000 notes.

Right now, Dreamwidth allows its users to delete comments manually, and to see the last 100/150 comments posted on paid/premium accounts, but many of us have posted thousands of comments over several years, and trying to find every single comment and offhand remark ever posted is an endeavor that's anxiety-inducing at best and impossible at worst. Giving users an option to automatically delete every post/comment they've ever made, even those made on outside communities or journals, would alleviate that burden entirely.

The biggest concern with this suggestion-and the concern that I saw raised most often on the 2010 post--was that it would inevitably leave conversations broken. There are ways to mitigate that: a suggestion I saw raised in the 2010 post was to add an "orphan all comments" feature in addition to a "delete all comments" feature. AO3 currently has a popular analogous option for those who want to remove their association with their fanworks without deleting them entirely. A quick review of several LiveJournal posts will also show that broken threads are in the minority, so we may not have to worry about that too much. Even if they weren't in the minority, though, it would still be a necessary evil; our conversations are important, but I don't feel that they should be more important than the safety of our users.

Poll #18021 Reconsidering the Ability to Delete All Entries/Comments Associated With an Account Upon Deletion
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 35


This suggestion:

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Should be implemented as-is.
8 (22.9%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
9 (25.7%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
9 (25.7%)

(I have no opinion)
8 (22.9%)

(Other: please comment)
1 (2.9%)

Icon Downloads

Apr. 15th, 2016 11:36 pm
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[personal profile] naughty_or_ice posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Icon Downloads

Area:
icons

Summary:
Ability to download all current icons on your journal (active or inactive).

Description:
I know that I'm not the only one that sometimes looks at their long list of icons after some kind of computer failure, and wants to back them up on the new machine. Or maybe they were linked by a url and you forgot to save them. Maybe you stopped having a paid account, but want to be able to reupload them with ease after you get a chance to pay for the account again (Submitting another suggestion on this topic as well).

I think it would be very helpful if there were some option that would let you batch save the image files currently on your account, preferably with the keyword or description as the name. Compression has improved and should allow users to download a backup of their icons in a zip file they can unpack on their computer.

In addition and/or alternatively, perhaps there is some way to make a metadata file that would take less room than the icons, but contain the information about them and their keywords and descriptions, or a file that can be added to the zip folder that contains this information to make the re-upload of icons easier.

Poll #18020 Icon Downloads
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


This suggestion:

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Should be implemented as-is.
20 (62.5%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (3.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
11 (34.4%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

A Boy and His Skunk

Feb. 21st, 2017 03:48 pm
[syndicated profile] kirkus_ya_feed
Bixby Alexander Tam—nicknamed Bat—is in third grade. He loves animals, wants to be a veterinarian like his mother, and spends as much time as he can with his classroom’s pet, Babycakes the Angora rabbit. When Bat’s mom brings home an orphaned skunk kit, Bat falls in love immediately—and knows he has to find a way to convince his mother to keep him until it’s time to release him back into the wild.
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[personal profile] ninetydegrees posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions
Lightboxes are a bad idea so I've submitted a new suggestion to improve our current preview pop-ups. Please comment on this one instead once it's approved. :)

Title:
Have previews load on same page in small pop-ups

Area:
entries, comments

Summary:
We have wonderful magic for Quick Reply and a nice pop-up for browsing icons. I'm thinking that something along these would be nice for previews too. So no more loading the preview in the same tab (like DW does for comments) or even loading it in a new window (like DW does for entries). Just a small pop-up you could post your entry and comment from if you're happy with what you see or with a link to go back to the editing page, which would close the pop-up (it is currently not possible to post an entry from its preview page or go back to editing from there; you can only close the window). This type of previews is already implemented on several sites.

Description:
On the Comments preview page, there is additional info (such as which HTML tags are allowed). I think this info should be accessible before you click preview (I don't see how you're supposed to know you have to click on preview to get it in the first place). It could be via a ? button or a text link.

Feel free to suggest better implementation! There may be even better preview magic I haven't seen yet :)

Poll #18018 Have previews load on same page in small pop-ups
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27


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Should be implemented as-is.
3 (11.1%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
3 (11.1%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
13 (48.1%)

(I have no opinion)
8 (29.6%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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[personal profile] ninetydegrees posting in [site community profile] dw_suggestions

Title:
Create Entries beta : help button for HTML and Markdown

Area:
entries

Summary:
I suggest adding a help button (i) or link to help us with editing. If you have forgotten which HTML tags are allowed or how to write something in Markdown, you're currently out of luck on the beta page. There is not 'help with editing' link anywhere. I think it would be nice to have one (or two; one for HTML and one for Markdown).

Description:
A help panel we could switch to and from from without leaving the page would be awesome but links to the following in new tabs/windows would be great too:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=82 (What Dreamwidth-specific markup/HTML tags can I use?)

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=260 (How can I use Markdown to format my entries?)

http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax (Markdown formatting and syntax)

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=103 (What HTML can I use in my entry?)

Poll #18017 Create Entries beta : help button for HTML and Markdown
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 35


This suggestion:

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Should be implemented as-is.
28 (80.0%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
0 (0.0%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
7 (20.0%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

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