Sunday, April 11, 2010

Planet Lotus does strange things to me (why, Yancy?)

Well, not to me personally, but to the mouse-over panel that pops up in the rightmost Planet Lotus column.

I really like Planet Lotus, it’s an enormously valuable asset for the Lotus community!

For example, a recent post of mine in Notes Tone Unturned shows up like this:


The yellow/green/blue highlights demonstrate the sort of HTML code snippets that always appear in the pop-ups for my Planet Lotus entries (but not, as far as I can ascertain, for anybody else’s).

In this particular case, we see HTML elements such as “p” and “br” and “title” and also “” coalesced with “tag”

Even when the pop-up contains plain text, the very first character in the popup panel (on the line just underneath my name) is always an extraneous letter or special character of some sort.

As background info, my blogging host is Google’s (which should be kosher).

On the creation/submission side, I nearly always use Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer to compose the posts offline (a much faster/easier way to create and update posts than using the online native editor).

So my question for Yancy Lent (or anybody else supporting Planet Lotus) is: Why are not such HTML elements correctly stripped out from my entries?

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  1. Tony, I have seen this before on PL and most of the time is has to do with the RSS feed itself that Yancy pulls. You can view the errors in your feed here:

    It is showing some extra tags at the opening. It might be LiveWriter as Microsoft loves to add HTML everywhere because some of your posts in the stream looked good. Maybe the difference.

  2. Thanks, Chris.

    Blimey, that feed validator output is very off-putting! I don't want to have to do even more fiddling with HTML, so I'll just leave it as it is (and let Microsoft or Google or whomever do their not-so-good thing with the feed).