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Add a "save draft" button to blog entries and articles

Created: 30 Nov 2009 • Updated: 08 Aug 2012 | 13 comments
Ludovic Ferre's picture
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Connect is real cool but sometimes it's not always possible to finish an article in one go, or somethnig props up that requires us to leave the computer (a baby crying for attention?) or connect.

So, having an option to save a draft in order to finish the article or blog entry off later would be great! 

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LeslieMiller's picture

As admins, we have to agree with you. :) This has been asked for several times, and it on the "to be developed" list. It just isn't at the top of the priority list yet.

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Ludovic Ferre's picture

 Hi Leslie,

Whilst I am on this subject of editing article or blog entries. I can see a preview button when I send an internal message, however this button is not available on blog entries or article, yes?

I suspect you could say that for both of them it doesn't matter because we have the rich text editor.

However if you edit html code manually as I do (Geek Alert, I know!) there are a few snags. The html code inside the rich text editor is applied some standard style to it. So you could craft some html there that look nice with for example blockquotes for indentation, pre or code sections but then you have to press Save in order to see what the article will look like. And sometimes this can be quite surprising...

I mention this because writing long articles without any option to indent text seem to be a strnage style limitation to me...

You can see a good example of that in my spResourceMerge article.

Here is the Connect layout

Here is my html layout (no style there, just a layout with code blockquotes for code sections)

I would argue that to have at list one level of indentation is the minimum!

I am currently off-net, on a retreat of some kind. I'll be back real soon, and you sure will hear from me then ;-).

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist
Symantec

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LeslieMiller's picture

Thanks for the feedback. We'll certainly take this under advisement as we move forward witht he development. But yes you're right there isn't a preview button right now.

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Ludovic Ferre's picture

Hi Leslie,

I've noticed the changes in style on the pre-formatted elements (which now displays with a slight indentation and a gray background).

This is way better than it was before (but I have to admit that when it comes to style, opinions can vary very widely).

In all cases, thumbs up to the Dev team and to you for your openness and reactivity! 

I am currently off-net, on a retreat of some kind. I'll be back real soon, and you sure will hear from me then ;-).

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist
Symantec

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Kevin's picture

Hi Ludovic,

Some of our authors use the "My Workspace" feature as an "article in progress" area.

They simply create their draft and submit it (making sure to label it as a draft). Then, they visit the "My Workspace" area (under the "Me" menu) to add the missing pieces to their work in progress.

Unfortunately, this doesn't work for blog entries since they are published immediately on submission.

Kevin

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Ludovic Ferre's picture

I think this is a very good work around for the articles, and I'll probably start using this. Thanks!

But that unfortunately won't apply to blogs that go live as soon as you save them, so that'll be back with the Connect team.

BTW, I'm impressed on the real fast response on this idea. Thumbs up to Connect!

I am currently off-net, on a retreat of some kind. I'll be back real soon, and you sure will hear from me then ;-).

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist
Symantec

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Hi Ludovic,

We're glad you like the new styling.

You're actually the benefactor of some style changes we made for the new Developer community.

But, hey, we'll take credit for being responsive to customer requests ;)

Kevin

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Ludovic Ferre's picture

Hi Kevin,

I'm very happy to participate and help out. I never really bought on the Juice site after the Altiris forum was shut down but for some reasons System Connect is just a great tool for me right now.

Back to the subject: I noticed some efforts to improve table formatting, however I have to say here that you haven't quite managed to solve the problem. Take a look at a blog entry I posted today with a reply containing a small result set sample. The table takes the center frame width just make it quite hard to understand as a table.

You can see it here: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/how-get-quick-count-active-machines-client-facing-ns#comment-3353251

So I suspect this one is already on your plate and I suspect it's not the most palatable problem to deal with;).

I am currently off-net, on a retreat of some kind. I'll be back real soon, and you sure will hear from me then ;-).

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist
Symantec

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Kevin's picture

Thanks for the example Ludovic.

I've submitted it to the design team to see if we can have tables in contributed content ignore the 100% width attribute that other tables on connect are held to.

Another thing that might dress up your tables is the use of class="odd" and class="even" applied to the tr elements.

Here's an example:

 
 
 
 
 
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Ludovic Ferre's picture

Excellent,

And if we push it further we could even have a header (for those of use using the table head tags) that would have it's text centerer and in bold or some other emphasis?

As we say in France, "Je pense que je pousse le bouchon un peu loin" (-> I think I push it too far) :D

I am currently off-net, on a retreat of some kind. I'll be back real soon, and you sure will hear from me then ;-).

Ludovic FERRÉ
Principal Remote Product Specialist
Symantec

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Vikram Kumar-SAV to SEP's picture

 Good to know that..

Vikram Kumar

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The most helpful part of entire Symantec connect is the Search button..do use it.

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riva11's picture

Save draft is a feature really missing , hope will be developed soon.

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