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Post Preview - Put it back inline

  1. intricateartist
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    I just upgraded to 2.2 yesterday, and the first and only thing that is really making me wonder "what were they thinking?" is the way the post preview is set to open in a new window. I'd like to see the preview pane back in the write page, where it has always been, with the option of turning it on/off for those who don't use it.

    Posted: 12 years ago #

  2. Inactive

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    Amen to this - where did my inline preview go? Having it open in a new browser window messes with my productivity - - I really liked the preview pane at the bottom of the page.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  3. intricateartist
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    If we just modify the files as indicated in 2.2 from this changeset:
    http://trac.wordpress.org/changeset/5159

    Will the iframe function?

    http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/3694

    This original ticket in the 2.2 revisions list to restore the jump links was good - I can't find anything that requests this to get turned into a popup window.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  4. Rongo
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    The iframe will re-appear by re-adding the code indicated on the changeset linked above.

    There's been several discussions this far about the removal of the iframe preview without any ability to turn it on beyond hacking the core file to replace the code.

    Hopefully the developers will recognize they can easily please more of their users by offering a simple option for users to choose between popup/new windows or having a single inline iframe preview from the admin options.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  5. intricateartist
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    I did replace the code with the old code and got the preview pane back. It would be nice if that were an option.

    Where were these discussions, Rongo? I'll have to stay on top of things so I don't miss these kinds of changes in the future.

    Thanks!

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  6. Rongo
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    Intricateartist: the following are some threads on the topic.

    1. Here's a thread I started in "How To and Troubleshooting". Note: that thread was recently updated with a plugin supplied by a member to return the iframe preview without having to hack a core file. That said, I think it's rather sad that such previously available core functionality has been relegated to being plugin dependent.
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/117841?replies=6

    2. This was one I found shortly thereafter under "Requests and Feedback"
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/117972?replies=13

    3. The following thread was started in "Ideas" a few days ago, before this current thread appeared:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/ideas/topic.php?id=433&page&replies=4

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  7. schulte
    Member

    Compliments of Rob Miller: http://robm.me.uk/2007/05/22/preview-frame

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  8. Rongo
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    Schulte, Rob's plugin is indeed appreciated. Certainly it relieves the requirement of hacking a core file.

    However, it is my belief that such functionality should *never* have been forced to be supported by a third party in the first place. This is something that should have been an option, by default, to select between inline previews and extra windows/tabs.

    I am personally not real fond of relying on any 3rd party authors to replace functionality that was once standard and included. Pligin authros, as good as some of them are, simply have no obligation to the community and can stop supporting the community at any time. WP developers, on the other hand, should have an obligation to continue supporting their userbase. For this reason, I use very few plugins (2 to be exact... one of which is Akismet).

    When you strip out functionality from a product, it simply makes good business sense to give customers the option, not simply take it away and essentially say, "We changed it. Deal with it, or hope someone else can provide the plugin."

    Having it as an option -- it's only a few lines of code comparatively speaking -- just pleases everyone. I would be extremely surprised, even disappointed, to not see this functionality returned in the form of an option, in the next patch/release.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  9. mistycabal
    Member

    I entirely agree. I would prefer if they changed to it to something we can toggle on/off in the options instead of simply removing it entirely.

    Posted: 12 years ago #
  10. kahi
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    Is there somewhere written down how was this decision (to remove preview frame) made?

    My opinion: if you want remove something, then leave also an information how to put it back.

    Posted: 12 years ago #

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