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posted by martyb on Monday March 23 2020, @12:23AM   Printer-friendly
from the going-places dept.

[2020-03-23 01:32:11 UTC Update 1:Ed. Note - updated to clarify location of the skip to comments button.--fnord666]

[2020-03-23 12:56:40 UTC Update 2: Changed link target from "#acomments" to "#commentwrap" per suggestion in:; added "Note-to-self". --martyb]

Thank You! Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on a new UI feature to the site; [Skip to comment(s)]" is now live on SoylentNews!

The SoylentNews' Main Page should function and look the same as before. The magic manifests only after a specific story has been opened. Code has been added to a site template so that "[Skip to comment(s)]" should now appear, right-justified, in the first of the two lines in the title bar that appears immediately below the story's title.

[Note to self: see in-memory version of template: "dispStory;misc;default" original implementation target fragid of "#acomments" changed to "#commentwrap" as of 2020-03-23 12:56:40 UTC--martyb]

Clicking the button will bring you to the comment header block. (That's where you can adjust Breakthrough, Threshold, and Threading preferences (either one-time-only, or save it away, permanently.)

Quite frankly, thanks to the community's feedback, it looks and behaves better than what I had originally envisioned!

Changing Site UI to Make Long Stories Easier to Navigate -- Input Requested [superseded; see update]
Skip to comment(s) -- Second Try [Updated: 2020-03-21 15:06:00 UTC].)


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  • (Score: 2) by SomeGuy on Monday March 23 2020, @01:10PM (1 child)

    by SomeGuy (5632) on Monday March 23 2020, @01:10PM (#974402)

    Possible bug. Loading a story that does not have a "from" line like this one: [] intermittently seems to cause the story text to get squished, with an empty gray column under the "skip to comments" text. Seems to change depending on how the browser window is sized. Tried this on a couple of recent Firefox based browsers.

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  • (Score: 2) by martyb on Monday March 23 2020, @04:13PM

    by martyb (76) on Monday March 23 2020, @04:13PM (#974463) Journal

    Thanks for the report! It took a little while to replicate... took a while to understand what you meant by "from" line. (Internally we normally call it the "dept." line, but you had no way of know that!)

    I tried some ad hoc changes in my browser and changing the style of the link from: "display: inline-block" to all of its alternative values was unsuccessful. I could put in some more <div> elements to force it to behave differently, but that is a much more challenging undertaking with many potential unintended side effects. I have not given up! Just reporting that I have investigated and am now pondering on possible alternate solutions.

    Thanks again!

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