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Another new function is live here, thanks to the ongoing efforts of Frans. We now have the ability to add breaks to stories, so it will no longer be necessary to arbitrarily cut the length of longer posts, as we can now offer a link to read the rest of the story. A few of today's posts already make use of this, providing the chance to offer feedback on this if you are so inspired.

Speaking of feedback, I'll repeat a request for HTML advice from the forums yesterday. We want to make the default instructional text gray in the "post a message" text box for our forums, which we have not been able to work out. If anyone has any insight into how to make this happen, we'd appreciate your help.

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27. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 26, 2009, 04:41  Xymph 
You're thinking of just hiding stuff with javascript. The whole point of ajax is that you load information on demand. I.e., when you click on an ajax link, it generates an http request that goes to the server to fetch data, and when the data comes to the browser it shows it.
Two factors here:

1) I know that Ajax can do that, but don't know anything about writing Ajax stuff. While part of my motivation for working on all these site features is to learn new things, I don't want to spin off in completely new technological directions on this site, given the time I have available and the features I still need to build.

2) The frontpage is really a static .shtml file, dumped every minute from the database and replacing the previous file only if anything changed (even if it's just one comment count). This is done to prevent MySQL and general system overload, and I'm not comfortable with the idea of the static frontpage generating additional HTTP/MySQL requests, even if only on demand.
So the Continue links go to the Share (viewstory) pages which are fully dynamic, but mod_perl helps with that, and these are also the links we'd like to see used by other sites and search engines as the main place of entry when bringing up a single story. So there is an SEO-aspect to doing it this way as well.

So, thanks for everyone's suggestions, but Ajax is one area I'm unlikely to enter at this time.
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