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Redactor: Smilies should be drop down

Slavik

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#1
To me, it feels completely unintuative to click the smilies button, to then have them apear at the bottom of the reply box, this becomes especially apparent in very long posts. If I want to apply formatting to anything else using the editor, its all at the top, so why would smilies be any different?

A small suggestion to make the smilies box a drop down once again as it was on tinymce.
 

Lisa

Well-known member
#3
I prefer it the new way, personally. First thing I do now is click the smiley button and open them up so they're on display at the bottom while I'm typing. It's going to be great for those sites with a gazillion smilies. Open it up and find a relevant smiley, without having to stop, click the smiley button, scroll through the dropdown menu... etc etc.:coffee:
 

Jeremy

Well-known member
#4
I actually read the update as an alternative, so it seems that this should be an option. I personally don't mind either way.
 

Shelley

Well-known member
#6
I prefer it the new way, personally. First thing I do now is click the smiley button and open them up so they're on display at the bottom while I'm typing. It's going to be great for those sites with a gazillion smilies. Open it up and find a relevant smiley, without having to stop, click the smiley button, scroll through the dropdown menu... etc etc.:coffee:
Agreed.

The new placement is far more usable for those that use alot of smilies which most of us do. Plus all the reasons Az mentioned.
 

Shelley

Well-known member
#9
He could probably make it an overly with a template edit... Not sure how that'd work tho...
I hope not. This is taking a step back to 1999 when you used to click that "more Smilies" link to view all smilies essentially this would be a enhanced popup, imo an unnecessary one. The smilies below text area works well and better than any overlay (enhanced popup) would.

Perhaps its the fact that there's a little space between activating smilies and the container. A nice solution would be when you click in the text area the smilie container opens.
 

Jeremy

Well-known member
#10
@Shelley : Agreed. I much prefer the new way, but I feel like an overly can be accomplished if need be. (y) Also, its instantaneous post-initial load...
 

faeronsayn

Well-known member
#13
Instead of having the smilies drop down all the way at the bottom, why not have it drop down right under the editor buttons that spans the whole width of the editor. Maybe have two rows of the smilies, and have it scroll to view the rest.
 

CyberAP

Well-known member
#14
Never used smilies lists. Whether it's just a list or a popup I still don't get that idea of loosing my text cursor out of sight and then clicking on an image and guessing where is pastes. I solved that issue a long time ago: just learned smilie codes that I need most. For rare smilies it's not important is it a list or a popup. ;)
 

Jeremy

Well-known member
#15
Instead of having the smilies drop down all the way at the bottom, why not have it drop down right under the editor buttons that spans the whole width of the editor. Maybe have two rows of the smilies, and have it scroll to view the rest.
Below it allows the system to 'scale' correctly. If you had 80 rows of smilies the buttons now become extremely far from the text and closing them becomes more difficult. (y)
 

Luxus

Well-known member
#18
The advantage of having smilies down there is that you can insert multiple smiles without opening a dropdown over and over. You have a better overview of your smilies and this opens the possibilty of having categorized smilies via tabs.
 

DBA

Well-known member
#19
To me, it feels completely unintuative to click the smilies button, to then have them apear at the bottom of the reply box, this becomes especially apparent in very long posts.
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A small suggestion to make the smilies box a drop down once again as it was on tinymce.
Actually I think that this way is more intuitive, in long posts your cursor/focus point is at the bottom. So after clicking the smiley button once the full list is now always in view and it's right where your focus is at.

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The old way requires me to go up, click the smiley button, and select the smiley every time I want to add one.

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If I want to apply formatting to anything else using the editor, its all at the top, so why would smilies be any different?
Most formatting can be done with keyboard shortcuts, which means I seldom have to scroll up.
 

Phillip

Active member
#20
Here's an idea... give the user (or admin) the option to have the smilies automaticly viewable whenever the editor is loaded. That way they are seen automatically instead of having to click on the smilie button every time.