Desperate: Images and formatting in the forum
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Dear readers, dear TMW,
- It has been discussed repeatedly how newcomers could be encouraged to apply a proper code formatting. But the About MATLAB Answers manual still does not contain explanations about formatting.
Several other important points can be found in the wish list, which is growing for years. The high quality of the suggestions and the engaged contributions of the users are not accompanied by a careful consideration by the TMW team. Many suggestions, which could be accomplished in less than an hour, are still waiting for -- what?
We know, that a conservative strategy is valuable in the development of Matlab. But the inert maintenance of the forum is counter productive. It feels like TMW does not care, while the forum's interface does not approach an adult status with an appropriate level of usability, see e.g. the keyboard latency problem.
This is not a question. All I've said has been discussed exhaustively before already. But perhaps TMW forgot that we are still waiting.
Randy Souza on 18 Sep 2013
Your wish is our (eventual) command! You can now attach images and files by using these new and revamped editor toolbar buttons:
I put a few more details into a blog post.
We've also made some tweaks to the markup editor that should reduce the amount of broken formatting--the editor now does a better job of detecting when extra newlines should be inserted.
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Image Analyst on 18 Sep 2013
With so MANY other web sites hosting pictures, it makes me wonder how hard can it be? Actually mathworks.com already hosts lots of pictures, like the ones we upload to the File Exchange, so I'm wondering why there is a multi-year delay in something that should be relatively straightforward, that is, hosting images for the Answers forum.
The formatting issue is also a pain. Why can't it be just as easy as it is in a word processor such as Microsoft Word? There are weird quirks like having to have a blank line before code or bulleted lists - why??? That trips up a lot of people. Or needing to have a space or blank line before the < in a link - again, why? And why are there no options for font, font size, or font color? Can't they just buy some kind of full featured word processor to plug in that does everything Word can do? Well maybe not everything but at least the basics like formatting text? Or are we somehow stuck with some kind of free, built-in java piece of junk that is basically crippled?
Why can't it be wysiwyg like other word processors have been for years or decades? Why do we have to have a preview window at all? It shouldn't even be necessary.