[thesite] Tip Harvester question (was: [***] Formatting tips )

Seth Bienek seth at sethbienek.com
Fri Mar 30 13:56:32 CST 2001

 So are you
> saying that the quoting ">"s on every line would have prevented
> his tip from
> being snagged twice?

Yes.  The parser looks for a clean line break followed by "<tip".  So these
would be valid:

<tip>This is a fish</tip>
<tip type="bs" color="blue" why="no reason" yabbadabbadoo-foo-foo-foo>
 This is cow

And these would not:
> > ><tip>
by the way, here comes a <tip>

> It doesn't seem like it happens often enough to really worry
> about it a lot,

It doesn't happen too often, but I've been paying close attention and they
do come once in awhile..

I hate to even consider the idea of human intervention, but it looks like
that may be the only fasible solution to this problem.

While we're at it, I'm not really sure what to do with the type=""
attribute.  I mean, stick it in a database, sure, but then what?  It would
be cool if people could search by type, but there is not really a standard
for the type attribute..  For instance, the same tip might get the type
"coldfusion", "Cold Fusion" (<- with a space), "Optimizing ColdFusion Apps",
"FuseBox", etc...

The only solution I really see for that is either using the type attribute
for display purposes only, or again, using human eyeballs to make
adjustments, which means people-time, which is something we're short on..  I
have considered using a look-up table, but it seems like it could get

These are the things that keep me awake at night.. ;)  The perils of being a


Seth Bienek
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Stonebridge Technologies, Inc.
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