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Jul 9, 2013 08:43 AM

Collapsed post blurbs are not text

And that means they cannot be searched with ctrl-f. Please fix.

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  1. I use ctrl-f on collapsed posts quite frequently -- it even searches in the non-visible text for me. I wonder if this is something browser specific?

    7 Replies
    1. re: Jacquilynne

      Checked a couple of other browsers -- it seems to be working fine on Chrome and Firefox, but not in IE.

      1. re: Jacquilynne

        Same here.

        Using MSIE 10 on a collapsed version of this thread, a Ctrl+F search for:

        - "Jacquilynne" or "about" or "hours" -- that is, the user name or the date/time of collapsed posts -- highlights all occurrences and skips to them in proper sequence.

        - "frequently" or "browsers" -- that is, text in the collapsed posts -- neither highlights nor skips to them.

        Can you get this fixed ASAP? Thanks.

        1. re: meatme

          Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be something that's easily and quickly fixed given that it's an IE-related issue. Somehow, IE things are never simple.

          The black plus button at the top of a thread, next to the number of replies, will open all of the collapsed posts on a thread in one click, so if you need to search for something specific in a thread in IE, your best bet is to open it all up and then search.

          1. re: Jacquilynne

            It did work fine before the last site redesign, so blaming it on IE is disingenuous.

            I wonder if the missing reply box at the bottom (not just top) of threads is also only on IE? Will have to check.

            1. re: ratbuddy

              Hi ratbuddy,

              Are you saying that this used to work in IE in the past few months and it recently has changed? Or do you mean before December's re-design.

              If I recall correctly, the previous design didn't show any text at all in the collapsed posts, so they weren't searchable back then either.

              1. re: Dave MP

                I can't remember, I think I just used to be able to ctrl-f to find particular names.

                edit: Oh, I mean before the big/awful/pointless redesign :)

                1. re: ratbuddy

                  I'm pretty sure the following is correct:

                  Before December, if you came into a thread that had been updated since you last read it, you'd see most posts completely collapsed, and only the new posts showing. If you did a command-F here, you'd only be able to search the text that was expanded. Anything collapsed would be completely unsearchable, in any browser.

                  Perhaps the difference you are noticing is that when you come into a thread that you've read in its entirety, it now shows up as completely collapsed, whereas before December, it showed up as completely expanded. Because of this, when you're using IE, you now have to press "expand all" before you do the command-f. In other browsers, you don't have to do this, so in a sense it's an added functionality that you can do this searching without first pressing the expand-all button.

                  I'm sorry that this discrepancy exists between different browsers. We'll keep note of it. In the meantime, I think the best option will be to either use a different browser, or use the expand-all button.

                  Dave MP