Future Master (maslacak) wrote in suggestions,
Future Master

Visual indicators for Inter-journal post linking

Visual indicators for Inter-journal post linking

Short, concise description of the idea
Ability to distinguish LJ world links separate from external links

Full description of the idea
Currently the LJ user tag shows a little icon infront of the person's name, and to my knowledge this is the only tag that distinguishes between links within the LJ world, and links outside (which are mostly done using A HREF). It is possible to link to a post user lj-item tag, but it has no visual indicator like LJ user does.

This was previously proposed sort of two times, but my suggestion is a bit different:

An ordered list of benefits

  • - backward compatible
  • - doesn't break anything
  • - should be relatively simple to implement since lj-item is already working
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • - require a bit of extra work for LJ programmers :)
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • modify the lj tag, to have an attribute of post and reply.
  • <lj user="user1" post="123">
  • would link to user1's post 123.
  • <lj user="user1" post="123" reply="4">
  • would link to user1's post 123 to the reply 4
  • <lj user="user1" post="123" reply="4">good suggestion</lj>
  • would link to user1's post 123 to reply 4, and the link would say "good suggestion".
  • Anytime this form of the LJ tag is invoked, the backend would do similar work to lj-item id="xxx", as it is essentially the same process, just different for the user. The output would have a little icon at the front of it, to indicate that it's a link to LJ world, not externally. The icon would be blue, kinda like the current "head" of the lj user icon, but instead of the head, it could be a little piece of paper.
  • Tags: lj-specific markup, user interface, § historical
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