Summary: horiz frame/preview link for long page edits
Created: 2005-04-01 07:23
From: Russ Fink
Description: I edited a long page this morning, and thought of two ways to make this task better. I actually prefer the second method, but include the first just for completeness.
First, what if my browser could break into 2 horizontal frames to show the effect of my edits. In the top frame would be the edit window, with Save, Preview, Reset buttons. The bottom frame would be a scroll window that I could position to the point of interest. When I click on "preview," it would preview the page in the bottom scroll window showing me the parts that I need.
[Failing an automatic jump scroll on preview (which I'm sure is nigh impossible to support across the browser universe), it would still be useful because sometimes edits in one portion of the page need to point to or discuss information in another part of the page. As an author, it'd be great to have the preview window scrollable for this purpose.]
The second way is to display a "preview" URL in addition to the preview button. How this would work:
This would be useful because you could independently scroll the preview window when editing a large page. Also, the #EDIT anchor should cause browsers to jump-scroll to the point of the edit.
Now that I think about it, this would be immensely useful and non-intrusive to existing functionality, and not require frames which for some reason people tend to hate. I don't think I've seen any other wiki that does this. It could be a first.
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