K (jadejackel) wrote in suggestions,

Support for allowing user created variables for use in style customization

Support for allowing user created variables for use in style customization

Short, concise description of the idea
User defined variables for use in making hightly customizable styles that can be used by anyone.

Full description of the idea
I was wondering if there will ever be a way for users to create their own variables for use in customizing their own style. In particular, variables for use in inserting images into the style that are linked to from another website. Or would that just be begging for trouble? The reason I ask is because I would like to make some styles for everyone's use that would allow them to insert the image(s) of their choice. But to do that I would need a variable that would hold the location of the image plus it's dimensions. But now that I think about it more.. it would just cause a lot of problems. Though I am still curious as to what you all think about the concept. Truly, K

An ordered list of benefits

  • Increased flexablity in creating new styles that can be used by more people.

  • Lessen the need for hardcoding various objects into a style.

  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Potential for crashing services on server manchines or possibly crashing an entire server.
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Assuming that the variables are declared properly, they would act just like the ones provided for use. I have no idea how the style interpreting engine works so I cannot say how much more that would tax the server's resources. I suppose there could be a cap as to how many user defined variables can be created. But that is all that i can think of without really knowing how the internals of the server work.. though, perhaps there could be a way to create a hash of the style so that the only time that the server would be really taxed by the process would be when someone was creating the new style or implementing the new style on their journal for the first time with new settings on the variables. And that could actually be done client side with a downloadable program.
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