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Emoticons in code?
How to disable smile faces?

 7:58 pm on Apr 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

Perhaps I'm nuts, but I can't find anything that will let a viewer disable the emoticons when viewing messages. Get's a bit strange when smiling icons greet me when looking at the many code examples that are posted in the various forums.

I see as a poster, that I can disable the smile faces, but is there anyway as a viewer to do it?



 8:34 pm on Apr 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi there, evinrude, I see what you're pointing out. I just took a look in the scripting forum, and noticed that one of the posts has a lot of emoticons. I'm certain that is unintentional.

Certain characters, when followed by the end paragraph, will come up with the wink emoticon. Like if there's an end quote and an end of parenthesis in a line of Perl code which is what I just saw:

open (INF, "<log_file>";

open (INF, "<log_file>");

I copied and pasted the first line from the printer-friendly version, which included the emoticon, and what resulted in the pasting was the loss of the end parenthesis, which is what turned into the emoticon. I then typed in the second line, and the end parenthesis resulted in the wink emoticon above.

I was going to suggest using the printer friendly version (left side of bottom bar) to view the code, but that's obviously not the answer.


 8:38 pm on Apr 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

The only way to keep this from happening while regularly reading the post, is if the author of the post checks the "Disable graphic smile faces for this post?" box when posting.

However, you can click "Post Reply" and the thread is on the reply page without smileys - just scroll down.


 8:54 pm on Apr 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

It is also a nifty trick to click on "owner edit" and view the source in the form window. You won't be able to edit it of course, but you do get a pure view of the post that way.

I also try to catch the code posts that were created with smilies enabled.

The owner of the post can turn that option on from the "owner edit" box as well by editing the post.


 9:02 pm on Apr 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

Brett, is it possible to have a different combination of characters appear as the wink, or eliminate it? That seems to be the only emoticon that causes a problem.


 9:19 pm on Apr 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

I like the wink! Don't eliminate it! ;)

Would it be possible to set things up so the Scripting Forum has "disable emoticons" as the default posting option, while the other forums remain the same? The only time it seems to be a major problem is with all the myriad semi-colons and parenthesis in the perl scripts.


 10:42 pm on Apr 6, 2001 (gmt 0)

Cool, thanks for the workarounds! :) Will use 'em in the future. Don't get me wrong, I dig the emoticons, just threw me for a loop in the scipts.

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