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(Message started by: Simon Reap on Today at 17:47)

Title: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by Simon Reap on Today at 17:47
Just to say that I like the new 'scrolling' most recent posts section on the home page.  I generally keep my number of unread posts to single figures, but sometimes it goes higher - I used to have to click on the '100 recent posts' page to check how far back I had to go - now I just hit the scroll wheel!

One request - could we have the individual item numbers back?  It just makes it a bit easier to work out where you are in the list of 100!

Thanks,
Simon

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by S J Birkill on Today at 18:21
Hi Simon

In fact this window on the Board Index never carried message numbers -- those only appeared (and still do) when a new page was invoked to display '100', '1000' or 'ALL' messages. But I agree that with the scrolling they're useful for navigation, so here they are.

Steve

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by BogusTrumper on 19.09.06 at 14:56
I have a very strange glitch with the 100 most recent posts.

When I log on The index window is very large, with the ten most recent posts (scrollable) at the bottom.

If I refresh the page, the window shrinks to the correct size.  If I move away and then return, the very large window is back, and a refresh shrinks it.

Most peculiar, and I just thought I would let you know.

NOT a complaint   ;D

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by S J Birkill on 19.09.06 at 17:27
Sounds like a browser compatibility issue to me. Now if it were a common complaint I'd see about tweaking the code, but since it isn't (at least no-one else has mentioned it), and in any case yours isn't a complaint :), it might just have to remain an annoyance. But I hope it's not so annoying that you quit again! ;)

SJB

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by BogusTrumper on 19.09.06 at 18:04
It is no problem - it is just that I am more used to having problems with my Mac and Boards than my PC!

Besides, it is always good to poke the administration occasionally and make sure they are awake  
  ;D   ;)

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by Robert Reid on 19.09.06 at 18:49
I noticed that too but wasnt really bothering about it.

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by Stephen Chivers on 20.09.06 at 09:33
I, too, always encountered this problem if I used Microsoft IE but not when I used Firefox.  However, this morning IE is behaving itself so perhaps SJB has worked some magic.

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by S J Birkill on 20.09.06 at 10:14

on 09/20/06 at 09:33:45, Stephen Chivers wrote :
perhaps SJB has worked some magic.

Oh good: I found and fixed a small instance of noncompliance with HTML tables syntax (all my fault) which generally makes no difference, but IE can be picky sometimes and do the wrong thing rather than simply ignoring the error like other browsers.

Steve

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by BogusTrumper on 20.09.06 at 15:23
That is the problem with living in the States - a US version of IE does not understand real English   ;D

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by Stephen Chivers on 25.09.06 at 23:57

on 09/20/06 at 10:14:49, S J Birkill wrote :
Oh good: I found and fixed a small instance of noncompliance with HTML tables syntax (all my fault) which generally makes no difference, but IE can be picky sometimes and do the wrong thing rather than simply ignoring the error like other browsers.

Steve

Or possibly not!  IE appears to be misbehaving once more - but Firefox is still performing correctly.  The initial display is fine but as soon as the cursor is brought over one of the first ten listed entries the great white space opens up and the list is dropped right down to the bottom.  Very strange!

edited 23:59

Even more peculiar: it doesn't happen when I'm logged in, only when browsing as a guest as I discovered when I had to log in to post this.

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by BogusTrumper on 27.11.06 at 16:19
Well, the new version of internet explorer that just downloaded itself to my computer has solved the problem for me   :)

And this new version is only about 2 years behind macintosh, as usual   ;D

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by BogusTrumper on 27.11.06 at 16:28
Even cooler, I appear to have developed another star with that post   :P

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by Richard Whiting on 10.03.07 at 23:13
Stephen's response [reply #9] is also describing what happens to me.  I'm 'comforted' to see that it's not just my PC that's got this problem.  It's not a showstopper; but I thought I'd mention it.  

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by S J Birkill on 11.03.07 at 10:55
Not much help I'm afraid, but I've looked at this on 6 PCs here with various versions of Windows and MSIE, and I've never seen the problem.

I've just tried a small change to the scrolling index (eliminating nested divs) which doesn't seem to have upset anything here. Just possible it's had an effect on the more fussy browsers...

Steve

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by Andrew_Curry on 11.03.07 at 22:04

on 09/20/06 at 15:23:58, BogusTrumper wrote :
That is the problem with living in the States - a US version of IE does not understand real English   ;D


But why would anyone use IE out of choice?

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by colin_boag on 13.03.07 at 06:57
Because computers are truly boring things and it seems to work well enough for what most people need?

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by BogusTrumper on 13.03.07 at 16:13

on 03/11/07 at 22:04:56, Andrew_Curry wrote :
But why would anyone use IE out of choice?
I don't  :D

I am at work

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by Pete Atkin on 13.03.07 at 19:25
"Works well enough" seems to sum up the MS philosophy on everything.  Strikes me, as an admitted computer amateur, that pretty much all of their software works "well enough", but usually nothing like as well as something else that's easily available, sometimes free.

Pete

Title: Re: Scrolling "most recent posts"
Post by Kevin Cryan on 13.03.07 at 22:17
For suggestions of alternatives that might be available and suit, a regular visit to John Naughton’s online diary (http://memex.naughtons.org/) is, I find, helpful. I'm any reader would find this kind of thing (http://memex.naughtons.org/archives/2006/10/27/3362) useful. Even more helpful is a visit to the Living without Microsoft (http://www.livingwithoutmicrosoft.org/), website, a site John co-founded specifically designed and maintains pro-bono to help anyone wishing to explore the possibility of living without Microsoft software.

John, who was twice nominated Critic of the Year during his stint as television critic for The Observer (1987-1995), and who is now the paper's internet commentator, has written an entertaining book about the growth of the internet,  A Brief History of the Future (http://www.briefhistory.com/). He writes in a plain, jargon-free English that non-technical people (like myself) can understand and appreciate. He is -amongst other things (http://molly.open.ac.uk/), many other things, I should say - Professor of Public Understanding of Technology (http://tscp.open.ac.uk/) with the Open University and, in that capcity, writes, develops and delivers courses to people who are getting almost their very first taste of immense possibilities opened up by the technology.

So if you are looking for help, John's your man, as they say in the country we both come from.

Kevin Cryan



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