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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

So why not use the swear filter to replace acronyms? For example [abbr=View My Broadband Usage]VMBU[/abbr] gives [abbr=View My Broadband Usage]VMBU[/abbr] where mouseover shows you the meaning. Doing that would considerably enhance the forums for the less technically aware.
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Re: Use of text speak

As you will appreciate I am not that technically aware and I didn't know that could be done.
It is an interesting idea though although I am not sure how effective the swear filter would be if the content was more than doubled.
I will flag it up in the moderators area for comment by those who know what they are talking about
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Re: Use of text speak

Out of interest I am on Win 7 and using Firefox 3.6.13  and can see the word with a dotted red underline, but nothing happens on mouse over, Any clue why
The URL link in Jelv sig does show up on the status line
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Re: Use of text speak

So am I and if I move the mouse pointer over the acronym after a very short time the text appears
Note it is underlined in black
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Re: Use of text speak

did that time Crazy
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Re: Use of text speak

SMF has a few interesting BBCode tricks; for what it's worth, a full guide to them can be accessed here, although note that some of them don't work on the Community (e.g. [glow][/glow]).
There's another consideration regarding the abbreviation tag: in Safari at least, there is no indication given whatsoever by SMF that a word has mouseover text available, so to some users it wouldn't be at all obvious.
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Re: Use of text speak

/upsets Be3G
Anyone who uses Safari would be expected to know them anyway  Grin
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Re: Use of text speak

Quote from: Be3G
There's another consideration regarding the abbreviation tag: in Safari at least, there is no indication given whatsoever by SMF that a word has mouseover text available,

Same in Chrome.
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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

There is a way round this I think
replace VMBU with [abbr=View My Broadband Usage]VMBU[/abbr]
[abbr=View My Broadband Usage][color=blue]VMBU[/color][/abbr]
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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

Good idea (Jim got in first Sad )
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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

The one in Oldjim's post works for me but not the one Jelv posted.
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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

That is odd because other than adding the colour bit there is no difference in the code
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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

In which browser artmo?
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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

Quote from: Oldjim
There is a way round this I think
replace VMBU with [abbr=View My Broadband Usage]VMBU[/abbr]
[abbr=View My Broadband Usage][color=blue]VMBU[/color][/abbr]

It's not a perfect solution, as people might on rare occasions want to use blue text in a post (like there've been a few posts over the years in red), but it is a potential workaround. Also, for what it's worth, there's a [blue][/blue] tag that could be used instead of [colour=blue][color].
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Re: Use of text speak - discussion of acronyms split off

Strat, I'm using Firefox 3.6.13