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Re: More colors? [Re: Riamus2] #173155 21/03/07 02:20 PM
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You would still not know where in the text the control codes were, so editing would be a pain, even if you think you cleared some control codes, it may just be that those left are not visible to you (control+o or a control+k before a space with a control+o after it).

The wysiwyg method works fine for word processors, but i have my doubts about its convenience and usefulness in a chat client like mirc.


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Re: More colors? [Re: Om3n] #173168 21/03/07 07:47 PM
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When done programmatically, it's true that it might create a mess such as "^b^b^b" (instead of just "^b") - although there are ways to reduce this, and it would really only be a problem for large lines anyway. Even if the control codes are a mess, it doesn't really matter as long as they can be sent and viewed by other clients.

Re: More colors? [Re: hixxy] #173170 21/03/07 08:16 PM
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Formatting shouldn't be hidden from the scripter. It's simply a bad idea. Syntax highlighting which somehow differentiated each of the control codes so they could easily be told apart would be great, but WYSIWYG is something for end users, not people writing code.

Consider some simple situations:

echo -a $replace(04,)
becomes:
echo -a $replace(,)

echo -a 2hello, 1,0there
becomes:
echo -a hello, there
as does:
echo -a 2hello, 1there
and:
echo -a 2hello, there

var %warn = 04 | echo -a %warn $+ DANGER!: This isn't coloured properly!
becomes:
var %warn = | echo -a %warn $+ DANGER!: This isn't coloured properly!

There are obviously thousands of variations on these, but I think you get the picture. WYSIWYG doesn't work in code where the formatting could be coming from any number of places besides being literally inputted into the script, and can cause a lot of headaches for a scripter if he's getting a bug because of characters he can't even see.


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Re: More colors? [Re: starbucks_mafia] #173171 21/03/07 08:22 PM
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In my head, the idea would be that you can select a bunch of text with your mouse to format it, but if you hit Ctrl+K/B/O/U you would still see the control code.

And I was also speaking only for the editbox, not the script editor. I don't think WYSIWYG has any place in a coding environment.

Re: More colors? [Re: hixxy] #173174 21/03/07 08:55 PM
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Quote:
And I was also speaking only for the editbox, not the script editor.

Yeah, looks like the whole conversation was about that. For some reason I got it into my head that this was about the script editor. Feel free to disregard my post.


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Re: More colors? [Re: hixxy] #173189 21/03/07 11:27 PM
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Yeah, I think the editbox would be okay. I don't think we need the script editor to be WYSIWYG.

starbucks_mafia: In case you misunderstood my comment about syntax highlighting, I wasn't referring to control codes changing how the syntax looks. I was referring to making stuff like variable names be one color and channel names another and commands a third and so on.


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Re: More colors? [Re: Riamus2] #173207 22/03/07 04:04 AM
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Yeah I got what you meant about syntax highlighting (I assume you're probably talking as much about the script editor as I was). I'd like to see syntax highlighting in mIRC's script editor too, but in addition to the traditional highlighting (commands, identifiers, variables) I'd like to see the control codes highlighted differently. I don't mean highlighted based on what kind of formatting effect they have on the text but just highlighting the actual control code characters themselves so that it's easy to see whether you're looking at [Ctrl+K], [Ctrl+B], [Ctrl+R], or [Ctrl+O] instead of the current situation where you have to copy the character and go out of the editor to a mIRC editbox to test what it is.


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Re: More colors? [Re: starbucks_mafia] #173248 22/03/07 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted By: starbucks_mafia
just highlighting the actual control code characters themselves so that it's easy to see whether you're looking at [Ctrl+K], [Ctrl+B], [Ctrl+R], or [Ctrl+O] instead of the current situation where you have to copy the character and go out of the editor to a mIRC editbox to test what it is.


Now *that* would be nice. smile

Note that if I install the Asian language pack (code page), then the square boxes  show up as "L"-shaped things that are rotated based on what control code you use. The only problem is that Ctrl-O happens to look like a space, which doesn't break a script that you already have, but does prevent you from putting Ctrl-O into a script. If that one code was changed, then it would be perfect. smile


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Re: More colors? [Re: Riamus2] #173267 22/03/07 07:00 PM
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also ctrl+u (underline) doesn't even appear at all when you have asian language support installed :-P

now with Vista coming it's an even bigger annoyance since that has this behavious by default from what I have heard and read


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Re: More colors? [Re: Doqnach] #173277 22/03/07 09:13 PM
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Ah, maybe it was Ctrl-U and not Ctrl-O that was the "space" that I was talking about. I haven't used it for a long time because that was such a problem.

I think that if mIRC could change the Ctrl-U character so that it wasn't a space/blank in the Asian language codepage, then it would work out well. The problem with that is that, to do so, you'd have to change the $chr used for it and that would break scripts and wouldn't be compatible with other clients unless mIRC worked behind the scenes on it and just converted it for internal use. No idea... just commenting on the issue. Having the codes a different color or something would definitely help to make it easier to see the difference.


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Re: More colors? [Re: Riamus2] #173587 26/03/07 12:04 PM
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Control codes are not meant to be seen. They are used for some type of CONTROL (in this case how text is displayed).

There should be identifiers for control codes. $bo = bold! $ul = underline! You get the idea I hope.

Until then, I have my own identifiers for control codes...

Code:
;*** GLOBAL hadd chatFormatting
ALIAS BO { if $isid { if !$1- { return $chr(02) } | else { return $+($chr(02),$1-,$chr(02)) } | else { /BO $1- } } }
ALIAS UL { if $isid { return $chr(31)  } | else { /UL $1- } }
ALIAS RV { if $isid { return $chr(22)  } | else { /RV $1- } }
ALIAS O  { if $isid { return $chr(15)  } | else { /O  $1- } }
ALIAS T  { if $isid { return $chr(09)  } | else { /T  $1- } }
ALIAS S  { if $isid { return $chr(32)  } | else { /S  $1- } }
ALIAS HS { if $isid { return $chr(160) } | else { /HS $1- } }

alias CO { 
  var %fg, %bg, %code
  var %string7

  if $isid {
    if (!$len($1)) { return $chr(03) }

    var %string = $1
    if ($2 isnum) { %fg = $2 } | else { %fg = $null }
    if ($3 isnum) { %bg = $3 } | else { %bg = $null }

    if (%fg) && (%bg) { %code = %fg $+ , $+ %bg }
    else if (%fg) { %code = %fg }
    else { %code = $null }

    if ($len(%string)) { 
      return $+($chr(03),%code,%string,$chr(03))
    }
    else { return $chr(03) }
  }
  else {
    /CO $1-
  }
} 


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Re: More colors? [Re: MeStinkBAD] #173593 26/03/07 01:31 PM
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I'd rather see them and have the use of a quick Ctrl-K# rather than trying to nest a lot of identifiers. I can just imagine what someone trying to make rainbow text would need to do and how confusing it would look (not that I like rainbow text, but it was an example). Obviously, you can script a loop to do it without the identifiers, but if you do, then you're still doing it the same way as it is already.


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Re: More colors? [Re: MeStinkBAD] #173596 26/03/07 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted By: MeStinkBAD
Control codes are not meant to be seen. They are used for some type of CONTROL (in this case how text is displayed).


I think you are over generalising and lumping mirc into the same catagory as instant messengers and word processor type programs.

The only situation i can think of where your above identifiers would be of much use would be when storing information in an ini file.


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Re: More colors? [Re: Om3n] #173620 26/03/07 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted By: Om3n

The only situation i can think of where your above identifiers would be of much use would be when storing information in an ini file.


Which is when I use $replace and replace the stored control codes with something unique that can be stored so that I can read it back out later and replace it with the ctrl codes again. smile


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