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Please restore fonts and indenting

Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 02, 2010

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It would be great if Adobe could make the investment to restore the ability to change fonts and indenting in forum messages, while keeping spam under control (as many other companies and forums manage to do at quite low cost).  I use the forums for detailed and careful communication on technical and product issues, and I, like most of the world, find fonts, indenting, and other forms of document formating quite useful for efficient communication.

Some use cases:

- If I quote from a technical spec, as I often do when solving issues about image metadata, it's helpful to indent the quotation, so that readers can easily identify the quotation.

- The technical specs being quoted often themselves use fonts and indenting to communicate meaning, and deleting that formatting makes it harder to read.

- Small code fragments intermixed with English words are easier to read when appearing in a different font. Multi-line code fragments copied from source code often are easier to read in a fixed-pitch font, since the traditional 4-space indenting can be hard to read in variable-pitch fonts in which a space is about half the width of a wider letter.  Also, most programmers author code in fixed-pitch fonts, so presenting such code in a fixed-pitch font will preserve the relative indenting.

PS: I noticed the restriction immediately after it was introduced, but I initially wrote it off as an intermittent problem that would go away eventually (as I've been trained to do by Adobe's past responses to such issues).  Only after having the formatting on a number of post "disappear" (sometimes after 30 minutes of editing) did I come here to find out why.

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Please restore fonts and indenting

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Oct 02, 2010

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It would be great if Adobe could make the investment to restore the ability to change fonts and indenting in forum messages, while keeping spam under control (as many other companies and forums manage to do at quite low cost).  I use the forums for detailed and careful communication on technical and product issues, and I, like most of the world, find fonts, indenting, and other forms of document formating quite useful for efficient communication.

Some use cases:

- If I quote from a technical spec, as I often do when solving issues about image metadata, it's helpful to indent the quotation, so that readers can easily identify the quotation.

- The technical specs being quoted often themselves use fonts and indenting to communicate meaning, and deleting that formatting makes it harder to read.

- Small code fragments intermixed with English words are easier to read when appearing in a different font. Multi-line code fragments copied from source code often are easier to read in a fixed-pitch font, since the traditional 4-space indenting can be hard to read in variable-pitch fonts in which a space is about half the width of a wider letter.  Also, most programmers author code in fixed-pitch fonts, so presenting such code in a fixed-pitch font will preserve the relative indenting.

PS: I noticed the restriction immediately after it was introduced, but I initially wrote it off as an intermittent problem that would go away eventually (as I've been trained to do by Adobe's past responses to such issues).  Only after having the formatting on a number of post "disappear" (sometimes after 30 minutes of editing) did I come here to find out why.

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You are addressing fellow users here, not Adobe. And we all agree with

what you say...


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There is another thread about this that got rather heated.  It 's not going to happen. If they would get away from the Jive Clearspace software  and go with something else that's no based entirely on Javascript. They wouldn't have these problems.

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johnrellis wrote:

It would be great if Adobe could make the investment to restore the ability to change fonts and indenting in forum messages...

I fully agree with this request, but like to add other features that have disappeared recently.  Especially highlighting, e.g. yellow background

<span style="background-color: yellow">highlighted text</span>

I used this a lot - to mark some text in a quote I was specifically going to reply to.  Now the markings will just not display any more.

I don't see in what way highlighting would aid spammers, so I cannot understand why it has been removed...?

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To paraphrase Tennyson:

"Ours not to reason why,
Ours but to do and die."

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