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Illustrating the variable color bug

This has been discussed before, but it's such an annoying bug, I thought I'd upload an example.  It's here:

David Blume
Saturday, March 22, 2003


This can also be seen in the simpleblog.cty CityDesk made available here:

Steps to reproduce:
1) Bring up the StoryIndex template
2) Notice that a variable has been used to specify the background color of the page's outermost table: bgcolor={$.BlogForeground$}
3) Switch from HTML to Normal mode and notice the wierd green colors.
4) Switch back to HTML mode and notice that {$.BlogForeground$} has been changed to #00f000

David Burch

David Burch
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

Wow.  That's a frustrating bug, and it sheds a poor light on Fog Creek that their sample template illustrates it so clearly.  Especially since they make the explicit point, "You'll find all the color settings are stored as variables which you can change at will."

Seriously, all I want is for CityDesk to work as promised.  If version 2 really is still in the "blue sky" phase, then another dot release is warranted.  (Fix undo, too, Fog Creek.)

("Blue sky," meaning Joel's looking up wondering, "How does everybody use variables?  Do they want an HTML view there?  Would they like to edit pictures in CityDesk?  What radical changes should we make?")
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

I think they knew about this bug some time back.  I seem to remember reading somewhere that the MS DHTML editor control was one of their biggest headaches because it did stuff like this.

David Burch
Friday, March 28, 2003

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