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Posts that recognize spaces inserted by user

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by jauburn, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    I run a popular poetry site, where authors need the ability to have the text that they type displayed exactly the way that they type it, with spaces, etc. I notice that this forum software automatically removes extra spaces, so one could not compose an e.e.cummings-like poem and have it represented accurately unless it were turned into a graphic.

    Is there a way to get this editor to preserve spaces?
  2. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    Also, is there a way to change the size of the editor window? I do like vB4's new ability to drag the editor to make it longer.

    And is there a way to have a fluid width forum with xenForo?
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You can use preserved formatting to retain spaces, but you would need a BB Code or post HTML add-on.

    The editor window can be resized by editing the code.

    Fluid width can be defined in the ACP very easily.
  4. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    Would this add-on be invisible to the user?

    What is a "post HTML add-on"?
  5. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Probably not. It would be a special BB code in the post.

    You can also use the CODE tag. It's designed for code and not poetry, but it uses preformatted text which preserves all spacing:

    adsflkpj     adsfasd
                  adsfasdfadsfadfs  adsfadfs 
    asdfads  a sd adfs d      asdffasdfsda
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  7. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's not cool. No poet wants to see his work in a "code" box.
  8. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    So somebody clue me in. Right now the site is using the free SMF (simple machines) software. Spaces are preserved, and everything works to the users' satisfaction, post-wise.

    What's different about that software that allows spaces to be retained?
  9. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It will be a function of the editor and software.

    Additional spaces are stripped out here.
  10. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    you can chage the phrase for 'code' to 'poem' or whatever youd like, and the actual box can be styled as well. you could use a special font in there, change colours/textures, make it look like typeface on paper or script on parchment, etc.
    there are numerous cool ways to present poetry in a post that are sexier than a simple post.
    Brogan likes this.
  11. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    That sounds promising.

    Let's see...

    this is
      a    poem
            with      some
      funky      spacing
    How about if I don't want to display "code" or "poem" at all, but just the text?

    Also, does this software have a CMS? We need a "front page" poem each week, as well as ads or space for them.
  12. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Try the online demo and play with the Style Properties -> BB Code Elements

    No CMS but there are various portal type add-ons.
  13. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    How does XenForo get the home page that it has? I think I need a CMS, although of the software that's out there now, I'm most impressed with XenForo's speed. Huddler is also interesting (very).
  14. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It's just a custom coded page.

    You can do anything you like for a home page, I use a XenForo Page for example: http://cliptheapex.com
  15. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    We need a way to "promote" a poem to the "featured work" page (front page). That's why I was looking for a CMS. Been trying to like vB4, but it is really god-awful software seemingly built for computers rather than humans.

    The style editing system is something out of Hell. Has to have been designed by idiots in alignment with the devil himself. Or just plain out of touch.
  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

  17. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    the portal addon brogan linked is great. its what i use on my own site. it would be easy to promote poems to the front page using that. in fact, as an admin you have a 'promote this' button in every thread. you click it and the thread is posted to the front of the site.
    as for the code thing, i spent 5 minutes styling and changed the way code output appears
    ive posted a poem there (by perhaps the best writer ever imho)
    while it may not be exactly what you had in mind, it does go to show how dramatic a change 5 minutes styling can produce!

    btw, you can log into the demo i linked using the user/pass admin/admin and try the styling for yourself. its a world apart from vb4
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Very nice work there dieketzer.

    That would look great on a poetry based site.
  19. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    This link is not working for me, and I would like to see what you did. Could you perhaps update this or let me know how you styled this?

  20. Jeremy

    Jeremy Well-Known Member

    That demo installation was destroyed months ago. You won't be able to see it.

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