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Tech: Mudcat browser tools

Jack Campin 08 Sep 16 - 09:19 AM
DaveRo 08 Sep 16 - 09:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Sep 16 - 09:19 AM

Something I asked Max for but he wouldn't do it - allow a user to have the "Preview" button checked by default, so you always got a preview unless you asked for a real post. That would catch almost all of the typos I make.

Is there any way to do that in an add-on? Or force all new posts to go through a preview step first?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 08 Sep 16 - 09:27 AM

My addon checks the preview box by default on the thread page. So unless you uncheck it you always get a preview.

It isn't checked by default on the preview.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 11 Oct 16 - 01:01 PM

I had to move the webpage that describes and links to these tools. It's now here:

https://revad.github.io/mudcat_tools.html

I also added a userstyle 'Magnify Posts' for users of Firefox on Android on a phone: it makes the text of posts bigger. (I found I had to turn my phone sideways to read them.)


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 02 Mar 17 - 02:36 AM

There is a bug in Firefox for Android (v51) which prevents the options showing. This will probably only affect a new user who wants to change the defaults, e.g. to remove 'so-and-so says" from a quote, or to not automatically scroll down to see new posts. There is a workround: PM me if you want to know how. Desktop Firefox, and the Chrome version, is unaffected. (The bug affects other addons too.)

Mudcat Browser Tools


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 12 Aug 17 - 06:56 AM

Firefox addons are changing and I've updated Mudcat Browser Tools to meet the new standard. It's now version 2.1.0 and works with Firefox 52+ on desktop and Firefox 56+ on Android - which will be released on September 26th. It should update automatically.

It uses a different method of storing its data, including preferences. If you changed any preferences from the default values (quote style and whether to scroll to the first new post) you will need to do it again.

I built in the three page layout changes that I'd previously published as userstyles. These make Mudcat more readable on phones and small tablets. All are off by default: you can turn them on in 'preferences'. If you use the Stylish addon read the red bits in the link below.

The Chrome Extension is unchanged at version 1.2.2.

Mudcat_Browser_Tools


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 21 Aug 17 - 12:21 PM

A feature of this addon is that it highlights all threads that have been posted to since your last visit by displaying them in italics.

You may have seen in this_thread that you can add, for example, ?age=1 to a URL. This is obviously useful - not only if you want to reduce the age limit from the now-standard three days but if you want to increase it: if you last visited more than a day ago then the addon would italicise everything, which is not helpful.

Unfortunately, if you add an age parameter it stops the italicisation feature working. (I didn't know you could add 'query strings' to mudcat URLs so I didn't program for them). Some style changes break too.

I've fixed this in v2.1.1 which is in the review pipeline. Unfortunately Firefox for Android users won't get this version until Firefox 56 at the earliest; it works in 57 but I have yet to test it with 56-beta.

This will affect the Chrome Extension too, which appears to have only four users (or one user with four computers perhaps, depending on what they count). I'll take a look at that in a few days.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 24 Aug 17 - 10:14 AM

New version 2.1.2 is compatible with the ?age= parameter and works in Firefox, Firefox for Android, and Google Chrome.

I made it compatible with Firefox for Android 55 despite the fact that you can't set its preferences: preference setting only becomes available in 56. But I prioritised compatibility with the ?age feature, which is most useful on mobiles. Until 56 is released you'll be stuck with the default settings and won't be able to turn on the new styles, for example to move the search box to the bottom of the index page. (Preference setting does work in 56, despite appearing not to: the little pane that says "What this extension does" is scrollable. It all works better in 57.)

I don't use Google Chrome so if it doesn't install update or work, or stops working, please let me know. I think it should work on Chromebooks but I haven't tried it. It doesn't work on mobile because Google don't allow Chrome Extensions on mobile.

For anyone trying this addon for the first time, it works best if you keep the index page open and open each thread in a new tab (middle-click often does that) which will then automatically scroll down to the first new post. I do realise that everyone has their own preferred method of navigating the site, but that's mine and it's what the addon was designed for.

Mudcat_browser_tools


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 28 Aug 17 - 06:09 PM

It works in Microsoft's Edge browser in Windows 10 too - but you have to load it from a file. PM me if you want to try it.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 14 Oct 17 - 03:56 AM

Version 2.1.3 works with Mudcat's new server which is using secure data transmission over the internet (TLS). It should update automatically; if it doesn't make sure you've got automatic updates on.

For Firefox, Firefox for Android, and Chrome (not mobile).

In Firefox for Android 56 the userstyles can now be enabled, but see my comment earlier about accessing the preferences.

Mudcat_Browser_Tools


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: Stanron
Date: 14 Oct 17 - 05:25 AM

Great to have this back. Thanks Dave.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Mudcat browser tools
From: DaveRo
Date: 06 Nov 17 - 03:09 PM

Version 2.2.0 adds some features:
  1. Extends the feature which automatically scrolls a thread to the first new post to threads displayed with the latest post at the top, via the little 'd' link. It only scrolls if the last post you displayed is still on page one. The first new post is at the bottom of the screen.

  2. To make it easier to see whether a 'd' thread has changed since you last viewed it, it colours the background to the link on the index page. This only happens if you select 'Reorder Index Columns' in the options.

  3. Mudcat currently displays accented letters such as á è ö and some other characters and punctuation marks as ?-mark. The addon will optionally convert all such characters to html '&-codes' so they display correctly. This may be of interest if you post non-English lyrics, or paste text which contains such characters. The feature is off by default: enable it in options. When it's fixed in mudcat, I suggest you disable it.

    When using this feature you will see codes such as é in the input box instead of é when you preview. If you want to edit these characters - e.g. to correct é to è - you can turn them back into whatever you typed by clicking 'Recover text'.
See my recent post about setting options in Firefox for Android 56.

Mudcat_Browser_Tools


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