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feature request: proper tools for documentation (2 posts)

  1. shadeofgrey
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hello WordPress Coders -
    Im not a coder, just a political commentator and first class novelist with superstardom in mind, which to the rest of the world looks an awful lot like goofing off for a living... but anyway - I'm sure that at least one of these features has already been requested but i couldnt find evidence of that so here i am including both just to be safe:

    1.) The post and page creation sections need to come standard with a decent spell checker... it would make everybody's life a lot easier if we didnt have to write a post in a major wordprocessor, spell check it, and then cut and paste the revised pages through a regular text editor to properly strip it of all the misc. crap that pasting from within a word processor into the post/page creation sections directly always mysteriously generates.

    2.) (and far more importantly) We bloggers that are actually serious about backing up what we say with genuine parallel documentation (like links to pages with quotes from signifigant individuals etc etc...) would have a much easier time of making our postss and pages easier to intigrate with the subsequent documentation pages/links if you added the capability to insert FOOTNOTES and full fledged headers and footers into every page and post at the writers discretion, and then generate the fully processwed output with the footnotes or end-notes as fully clickable links.

    WordPress is an excellent platform, but its lacking in the finer points of professionalism and documentation. Naturally as I said, Im not a coder so i have no clue how hard it would be to make these features a reality, but you would inherantly take the entire platform to the next level if you went out of your way to make sure that the average WordPress weilding online author has the power to impress the academic community at large with the bullshit that has classically been the foundation of their very happiness as folks more interested in conformity to rules than the content of a given essay, term paper, thesis etc... As a political commentator and flaming physically disabled bottom of the foodchain idealistically minded liberal witrh passionate views I hope for extensive documentation features so that i can combat the narrowminded sentiments of conservatives like Ann Coulter that claim every liberal hasn't the mental fortitude to back an arguement with more than passion and emotional paperweights.

    Before I let you go, I do want to take the time to make it very clear that WordPress is a wonderful platform, and I owe my success as a professional blogger with the determination to take the net by storm would never be capable of what i've accomplished thus far without WordPress and its infinite potential. I'd like to closde by taking the opportunity to thank every member of the WordPress development team for creating a publishing platform that gives the average joe the fighting chance at becoming a force to be reconned with, and when i finally start making serious money on a monthly basis through my blogging I have every intention to send in a five digit donation to the wordpress development community at large.. both so that theres money to continue the project and a few bucks for everybody involved so that when you guys get together some friday night after work i can vicariously buy the first five or six rounds. Im a severely handicapped individual and without wordpress and the internet at large i wouldnt stand a chance at being much more than a statistic and a sad story that ends in perprtual poverty and less than $600 a month in welfare checks. I have the courage to fight for more, and WordPress has empowered me, a twenty six year old that was suppoosed to die at eighteen with one limb that works and four fingers on one hand that fly accross a keyboard and command a mouse, to put in the work that will eventually make me famous. WordPress is the key to my success, and silently ensures that if my physical circumstances try to take me down that at the very least History will never forget that i refused to go down without one hell of a fight.

    That makes eveery one of the coders responsible for WordPress far more than geeks with a cause... what you've done for me certifies beyond any shadow of doubt that every last one of you is a hero in your own right. If the person reading this mail has the time, please forward my communique to the rest of the deveklopment community and plkease advise me where i need to go to get alpha and beta builds so i can test them and build vocabulary and action files enabling disabled folks with Dragon Naturally Speaking the ability to dictate directly into the wordpress interface -- it ultimately may not be possible, but that doesnt mean its not worth a shot. Finally, please let me know if you have an accessibility roadmap for wordpress and if so who exactly is assigned to writing the code -- theres no better tester for your accessibility systems than a bonifide disabled person. I'd also be extatic to be able to say that im an integral part of the WordPress team at large.

    Most Sincerely,
    Christopher Ryan
    561-523-5434
    shadeofgrey@gmail.com
    http://www.christopher-ryan.net
    http://www.thetruthdirective.com

  2. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Wow, that's a lot of text.

    1.) The post and page creation sections need to come standard with a decent spell checker...

    While it would be possible to add this sort of thing, I think it would be better accomplished through a plugin instead of being core functionality.

    Myself, I use the Google Toolbar which has an excellent spell checker that will work on any webpage I'm typing stuff into. I use it a lot. Works fine with WordPress.

    Now, there are spell checkers out there specifically as plugins for WordPress. The only one I know for WordPress 2.0 is Editor Monkey, which is more of a complete editor replacement. I prefer the Google Toolbar checker, myself.

    2.) (and far more importantly) We bloggers that are actually serious about backing up what we say with genuine parallel documentation (like links to pages with quotes from signifigant individuals etc etc...) would have a much easier time of making our postss and pages easier to intigrate with the subsequent documentation pages/links if you added the capability to insert FOOTNOTES and full fledged headers and footers into every page and post at the writers discretion, and then generate the fully processwed output with the footnotes or end-notes as fully clickable links.

    Seems like a very special purpose application, there. It would be possible for a plugin to do something like this, however.

    And of course, a bit of Google searching turns up LinkNotes: http://jeremycurry.com/blog/2005/08/linknotes/

    Looks like the plugin lets you do something like this in your posts:
    :Text:link
    And turns it into a footnote with a link to the source, and puts in a numbered link to that footnote in your post itself.

    The plugin architecture addresses nearly all concerns like these, it just takes a bit of browsing around. :)

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