It took 4 hours to return from the town of StrÃ¤ngnÃ¤s to Stockholm via train. Normally, its 40 minutes. The train never turned up. 4 * 60 – 40 = 200 minutes of non-travel.
Stuck in a train station for 200 minutes I tackled a problem that has irked me for some time.
In my blog comments, when I reply to someone else’s comment I’ll normally use the syntax: “@chris – thanks for the kind feedback, I’ll send the money via paypal“.
And then Chris says “@Dr Nic – yeah, send it to the usual account; the tax man will never find it“.
And then I say “@chris – no problem“.
Its not that “@chris” is difficult to spell, but I’ve used IRC and Gmail long enough that I like auto-completion. The absence of auto-completion in Skype irks me too.
What I really want is:
“@c” + TAB expands to “@chris – “
So that’s what I now have. And its neat.
Unfortunately, the first person to leave a comment below won’t have anyone to reply to, and so theoretically wouldn’t get to experience the joys of the feature, that is so awesome and sexy that my very own wife called:
“That’s nice dear, now help with dinner”.
So, by default “Nic”, “Dr Nic”, “drnic” are available. The 2nd commenter will get these + the name of the 1st commenter. The 3rd commenter will get… hehe, you thought I was going to type that out.
Here’s what you’ll see when you save your comments:
Its currently implemented for WordPress, using Prototype/Scriptaculous. Well it works on my WordPress theme. It figures out the auto-completion list from the HTML, not from the blog/forum server.
I’m not sure how different everyone’s HTML is for their comment blocks. That makes it tricky to release the conde at the moment for general consumption. You might be an HTML guru and make it work, but your sister isn’t.
So, can you please comment below (wink wink) with the name of your blog software, and include your blog url in the URL field. I might be asking for grief here, but I’ll scope out everyone’s blog comment HTML and see how different/similar they are.
If someone in the comments has already mentioned your blog software (WordPress, Mephisto, etc) then you MUST reply to their comment. If you are first to comment with your blog software, then use “@Dr Nic” instead.
This is life-or-death critical as it gives you an excuse to play with the auto-completer thingy. Lives are at stake here people!
Don’t have a blog, but want to comment anyway to play with it in all its snazziness? Go for gold.
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