attaching "metadata" to a single character

Josh Mellicker josh at dvcreators.net
Thu Sep 21 20:41:19 EDT 2006


Thanks for the "linktext" idea...

On Sep 21, 2006, at 11:49 AM, Mark Schonewille wrote:

> Josh,
>
> Attaching data to a character that can very easily be deleted by  
> the user sounds like a very bad idea. Don't do it. I'd re-think my  
> interface and if you tell more about the purpose of this feature,  
> I'll gladly help.

Great point. I will trap all possible delete keystrokes and if they  
are about to delete a metadata character, they will get an alert.

I can't think of another way to break up a large block of text into  
individual "passages"


>
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>
> Mark
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> Op 21-sep-2006, om 19:37 heeft Josh Mellicker het volgende geschreven:
>
>> I have a text field, with blocks of text deliniated with the "\"  
>> character.
>>
>> I am trying to figure out the best way to attach "metadata" to  
>> this character.
>>
>> The first thing I thought of is that I could alter the color of  
>> the character, that would give me three data values up to 255 each  
>> (which would probably be enough, but might look weird). I could  
>> use the "blue" value to point to a separate numbered group of data  
>> with multiple fields, for example, but this complicates the  
>> overall scheme, perhaps needlessly.
>>
>> I can't use the position of the character or the order of the  
>> delimiters as an absolute, because the user will be typing and  
>> deleting in the field, copying and pasting sections of the text,  
>> so each "\" character will be moved around quite a bit, but I need  
>> it to retain special info.
>>
>> I need the character to be visible so the user doesn't  
>> accidentally highlight a section, cut it and paste it elsewhere  
>> without grabbing the "\" character.
>>
>> I might go the direction of experimenting with the htmlText of the  
>> field, to see if I can put custom tags in without affecting the  
>> display, and see if the tags care copied and pasted properly...  
>> but I'm not sure what dangers might arise if I mess with the  
>> htmlText too much.
>>
>> I need something like custom properties of a single character...
>>
>> Ideas?
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