the revolution will not be carpeted (iolarah) wrote in suggestions,
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character counter in web interface

Title
character counter in web interface

Short, concise description of the idea
Create a character counter embedded in the update-journal page, so that one could see how many characters remain available as one types an entry.

Full description of the idea
I recently discovered the hard way that posts have a size limit of 65,535 characters or bytes. There wasn't a "your post is too big" warning, it just ate everything in my post past 65,535 characters when I saved it. I was wondering if it would be possible to create a character counter embedded in the update-journal page, so that one could see how much space is left without requiring a warning or error message.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Prevents data past the 65,535 limit from being deleted without warning
  • Could also be useful for those in the NaNoWriMo program

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Some might prefer the character limit appear as words rather than characters, which would require writing in more options
  • Some might feel it clutters up the page, or is distracting to see the counter going out of the corner of the eye
  • Script involved might take up resources and slow down page

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • It would be good to offer two options: counting up from zero to 65,535; counting down from 65,535 to zero.
  • It might also be good to have a hide/unhide option (maybe could be turned on/off in the user preferences, rather than a drop-down on the page?)
  • Locate it beside the "insert" drop-down at the top of the entry box?
  • Maybe include an option to display the limit in words rather than characters?
Tags: data limitations, entry editor, user interface, § rejected
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