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Default width of compose/reply text area? [message #160924] Fri, 06 November 2009 23:38 Go to next message
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Hello everyone,

I just noticed the arrows to the left of the compose or reply text area that increase/decrease the size of the text box. But the settings don't seem to be sticky. Does anyone know where the default setting is stored?

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James.
Re: Default width of compose/reply text area? [message #160932 is a reply to message #160924] Sat, 07 November 2009 05:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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You can change it in post.tmpl. Look for <textarea rows="20" cols="65". Remember to rebuild the theme when done.
Re: Default width of compose/reply text area? [message #160997 is a reply to message #160932] Mon, 09 November 2009 17:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Works great. Thanks.
icon6.gif  Re: Default width of compose/reply text area? [message #160999 is a reply to message #160924] Mon, 09 November 2009 18:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Since this is an issue I am interested in I looked into it further:

Pretty Sweet!...... I went to:

/thm/default/tmpl,..... post.tmpl. around line 164, scrolled over to the right side to find <textarea rows="20" cols="65" and edited that to <textarea rows="20" cols="150"

Saved it then Rebuilt all themes, and Walla It works!
FYI It appears that the rows and columns width and height more or less match the number of lines/characters in the text area field/block (I counted them); which makes it easy to figure out the height and width you want or need.

I found that in a default installation <textarea rows="20" cols="150" worked quite well because it showed much more of the text in the display area while still allowing all the File attachments: and Options: to display in a single window without scrolling to use them.

Unfortunately I doubt that will remain so if there is a custom header installed. I tried it on a forum with a 55px height custom header which used larger than default text; and sure enough 3 of the options (Topic Locked, Make the topic always appear at the top of the topic listing, and Disable smilies in this message) did not all display on the same page without scrolling.

I tried it again on a v2.8.1 forum which has a 40px height custom header and uses the default text size, with the same basic results. During my tests I found that <textarea rows="15" cols="150" worked best for me overall since it allowed at least 4 file attachments to be added while still leaving the Browse and upload functions to remain visible without scrolling the page up or down.

I had already decided to transition to standard 40px height custom headers for all my forums so it appears that (<textarea rows="15" cols="150") will work best for me, the only thing better would be to have the preview button available in the same screen (Much like it is in Message Preview) without scrolling down to it.

The results you obtain may be different from these due to a variety of factors such as screen size, resolution, and or browser differences.


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Update 11/25/2009

Apparently setting "cols=150" does not work very well for everyone, as I have already been notified that it causes the text area to scroll off the right side of the screen for some users even though it works fine for my setup.

This appears to not be just a matter of physical screen size but of individual computer settings as well. With that in mind I have reduced the "cols=150" setting to "cols=95" and will see how that works.


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