The easy answer is to switch to the advanced editor and use the formatting features that are available with the new forum software.
Most people today probably think a web browser is a stable and reliable application. However, this was certainly not always the case. There was a time in the history of web browsing, perhaps 10 years ago, when relying on a web browser was considered foolish. Obviously times have changed.
The advanced forum editor really invites us to create fancy looking documents. My experience with the editor so far has been disillusioning. The forum editor is not working reliably. There is no way to save your work as a draft. The undo is often unavailable, cut and paste is screwed up sometimes. Sometimes you receive errors (An error occurred trying to retrieve data from server) and when you log in in again, the data may or may not be recovered. Sorry, this isn't good enough for me.
Luckily I'm used to create documents off-line, which saved me already several times from loosing hours of work. Creating off-line content for the community using the previous system was a nightmare. I always had to maintain two different versions of documents: One original, and one containing the special forum formatting codes. I'm glad that the new forum editor has additional new features, which makes all of this a lot easier to manage: HTML.
The above worked fine for me for the most part. There are however still some flaws that Oracle will hopefully be able to address in the near future:
I hope this information is useful and was worth the effort.
You can use any editor you like. MS Word is just an example.
The idea or reason of my post was to show how to use advanced functions of the new editor so you can maintain off-line content and work in the editor of your choice, instead of relying on the forum editor, which is flawed and may loose your work.
You may question the quality of the forum editor, which I do to, which was mentioned, but nevertheless, if you want to keep an off-line copy of your work or work in a different editor, HTML is a good way to accomplish and manage this task.
That's an interesting observation, which figuratively may put a lot of what we do in IT ad absurdum.
Considering that a lot of my previous posts were destroyed by the forum upgrade, essentially most of the code I put between <pre> tags, well, it does raise questions. Hopefully the move from the previous editor format, to something more universal and standard, like HTML, will survive the next upgrade. But is it worth it, I don't know.
The previous editor was a good compromise between usability and features, but in my opinion too limited, incompatible and difficult to use to create any sophisticated documentation. I wonder if the previous forum content required a physical conversion of existing data, or whether the current software is still interpreting some of the old messaging formats.
Perhaps it would have been better to allow the upload of RTF or HTML as an alternative format and provided the old editor as an alternative editor instead of providing an advanced editor. The new editor seems to require a constant connection to the server, which might explain many of the current problems.
The current option to convert text to code and the ability to edit the code is not working. What you see when editing a message and what you get when posting is also not the same. An optional code tag like it was used in the previous editor sounds like a reasonable solution.
How would we design an editor for a technical forum, given that nowadays we have to accommodate everything from watches to phones to tablets to laptops to multi-screen PC's to televisions?
My apologies, but when I use the advanced editor and go to >> (sign) near the smiley, I can scroll and go to syntax highlighting and choose Java.
It formats correctly for me.
Am I missing something?
This is also mentioned in the Jive documentation
DECLARE BEGIN NULL; END;
When i wrote this test the code looked well, except the missing fixed width font. When I saved it and it was published in the forum the empty lines were gone. Now I tried to edit the posting to add this conclusion and could do so only by adding another paragraph in the HTML editor. Otherwise I could not position the cursor at the end of the posting. is always jumped to the beginning of the second code example.
Cannot call this a working editor at the moment.
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Syntax Highlighting does add the line numbers, but it makes it pretty much impossible to edit the text once Syntax Highlighting is applied. It's difficult to explain, but it is visible when selecting all the the text. It looks like there was a mask of lines over the written text that does not fit the font and line size.
I've mentioned this in a previous thread, which also has some screenshots:The editor is useless.
While creating this message, I noticed the following: