An enhanced text formatter for GaiaOnline Forums, PMs, Guilds, and Profiles
The GaiaFormat extension, based on code from the TekTek toolbar, allows you to automatically add text before and after messages you enter in GaiaOnline's Forums, Guilds, Private Messages, and Comments.
It was originally created as a stripped-down version of the TekTek toolbar, with only the post formatting abilities for space and efficiency. Since its initial version, there have been updates to much of the code, including a more built-in feeling for some of the features, and an entirely new feature, which I hope will be quite useful to the members of Gaia: Extra Formatting for text within key characters.
Extra Formatting means that any text within "quotation marks" can be formatted especially, for example. It also means that the user can just hit Submit instead of wasting time setting up every post exactly the way he or she wants it to look.
Here are some key features of "GaiaFormat":
· Prefix Text: Text and BBCode that will precede every message you send. You can modify the overall style of the text, add a header to your posts, or pretty much anything you want.
· Suffix Text: Text and BBCode that will follow every message you send. This is most often used to close whatever tags you opened in the Prefix text, but can also be used to add a footer or other such things.
· Messages To Format: Hopefully the selection here is self-explanatory. If you don't want certain posts to be formatted, simply uncheck them. For example, if you don't want profile comments to have your special formatting applied to them, you uncheck the Comments box, and comments will be ignored by GaiaFormat.
· Forum Post Style: This dropdown is only available if Forum Posts is checked (see the previous entry). This setting will automatically select a Post Style, just as you'd select one for forum posts. As of version 0.7, this feature applies to formatted Quick Reply messages as well.
· Extra Formatting is a new feature in version 0.4, allowing for special text to have extra applied formatting. The checkbox toggles whether this feature is used or not.
· The List Box: This box lists all the extra formatting rules you've created, using the left and right keys (see below) to identify each rule. You can select a rule to modify it, or use the Add and Remove buttons below the box to create new rules or delete rules you no longer want.
· Left Key: The Left Key is the starting position. It can be a single character, such as a quotation mark ["] or open parenthesis [(], or something a little more detailed, such as a string of characters [--*]. The special Prefix text will be applied at the beginning of the Left Key.
· Right Key: The Right Key is the end of the Extra Formatting. Like the Left Key, it can be a single character ["or ) for example] or a string [/*--]. The special Suffix text is added to the end of the Right key, thus encapsulating all text within the keys, and the keys themselves, in whatever formatting you provide.
· Both the Left and Right Key can be the same thing, but you must make sure to have an opening and closing Key, or Extra Formatting will not be applied. The Right Key must come after the Left Key.
· Prefix and Suffix Text: Exactly the same as the Prefix and Suffix Text at the top of the Options window, except applied only to text within (and including) the Keys.
· Importing and Exporting is a new feature in version 0.5 which lets you save and load formats from XML files.
· Import: If you have received or exported a GaiaFormat XML, you may import it by clicking this button and navigating to the file. The format will automatically be loaded. If you already have a style, you may want to export it before importing a new one, or your changes will be lost when you hit OK.
· Export: Saving your format can be useful for a variety of reasons. If you want to create a special style for a friend, or if you use multiple computers and want to have the same formatting on all of them, or if you just want to make a backup in case something happens, you can simply click the Export button and save the file to any location. The format will be explained below.
· GaiaFormat XML: XML, Extensible Markup Language, is a widely used set of rules. HTML is an example of one family of extensions. GaiaFormat XML is a very strict format at the moment, as the reader does not use a true XML parser and simply grabs the expected data from expected positions in the file. Thus, it is always best to use the Import and Export features rather than trying to modify or create an XML file yourself.
· Firefox 1.5 - 4.0b9pre
· SeaMonkey: 2.0a1 - 2.1b2
What's New in This Release:
· Just a version compatibility update.