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Item12092: New topic link style should not have a question mark

Priority: Normal
Current State: Closed
Released In: 1.1.9
Target Release: minor
Applies To: Engine
Component: FoswikiRender
Branches: Release01x01 trunk
Reported By: ArthurClemens
Waiting For:
Last Change By: GeorgeClark
Compare DoesNotExist? with DoesNotExist+.

-- ArthurClemens - 25 Sep 2012

Do we really want this? It's hard enough clicking the ? to create the missing topic. Wouldn't using the Wikipedia format of using a red dotted underline to show missing links be better? Certainly it's a larger target to hit with the mouse. TWiki seems to have also switched to the Wikipedia format.

-- GeorgeClark - 25 Sep 2012

Making the whole word a link would indeed be better. Only I don't like the alarming reds on the page. So a plus could still indicate that you will be adding a topic.

-- ArthurClemens - 26 Sep 2012

Don't we allow + in topic names? Yes, we do, just tested it on trunk. And on - Sandbox.TestWithPlus Won't this be confusing?

-- GeorgeClark - 26 Sep 2012

no, we don't (allow plus), but there are users that want it (plus is used as a urlencoded space)

given that we're talking about a DefaultPreferences, (Set NEWLINKFORMAT = $text? ) why not use an ICON - something that won't be conflagrated with any text?

   * Set NEWLINKFORMAT = <a class="foswikiNewLink" href="%SCRIPTURLPATH{"edit"}%/$web/$topic?topicparent=%WEB%.%TOPIC%" rel="nofollow" title="%MAKETEXT{"Create this topic"}%">$text<img src="%ICONURL{newtopic}%" /></a>

That way we SvenDoesNotWantThisTopic

BTW, Please make a featuer proposal topic - that way after we've done it there won't be lots of complaints that it wasn't a feature proposal

-- SvenDowideit - 26 Sep 2012 - 05:54 - 26 Sep 2012 - 05:54

To avoid further confusion:
  1. This is about changing the contents of already changeable NEWLINKFORMAT
  2. The proposed plus char would replace the question mark. Neither are part of the actual link or would get integrated into a new topic name

For me it is about increasing readability. The ? stops the reading, as would a very prominent icon. Icon is fine if it is unobtrusive.

For base skin I am working with an icon font that could work in this case.

To be on the safe side I will move this to a feature proposal.

-- ArthurClemens - 26 Sep 2012

Proposal raised in NewTopicLinkNotAQuestionMark.

-- ArthurClemens - 13 Oct 2012

New style:
  • topic name is a link
  • red colored link
  • red dotted underline

Defined in SkinTemplates/base.css

-- ArthurClemens - 27 Oct 2012

Closed. This was released in 1.1.9 or possibly earlier. Missed during bulk close.

-- GeorgeClark - 22 Dec 2014
Topic revision: r26 - 22 Dec 2014, GeorgeClark
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