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Thread: Jargon Buster

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    Would it be possible to have a script which processes your text and converts jargon into an explanation. For example.

    Rails is a great method of building websites.
    Some people may be thinking 'what the hell is rails?'. Rails would turn into a link. When you hover over it a small box appears and says. 'Ruby on Rails is a web development language built in Ruby.' It could also provide a link to the Rails site for more information.

    This shouldn't be done on everything, just things that new users may not know. This way new members will never get lost or put off by web jargon.

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    Yeah there are many ways coders incorporate this, there called 'tooltips'
    below gives you the code for the dhtml version:
    http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamici...mltooltip2.htm

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    I've seen this done in news articles and in my yahoo mail account.
    Shani

    I have an eye for detail like you'd never believe.

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    That would be a pretty complex system to develop:
    1. The text field in the database would have to contain only the text, not hte actual links
    2. You would have to insert the links with find/replace
    3. You would have to have a table of all of the keywords and descriptions in a separate table
    4. You would have to have a 3rd table linking keywords to the text table, so that you could only do a find-replace on the appropriate keywords (eliminating overhead)
    5. You would have to update the linked keywords every time you update the text
    6. Every time you add a keyword, you would have to do a SELECT... WHERE... LIKE to find text records to link to.

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    ahh, I mis understood you
    I agree with smoseley it would be hard to develop. I have only seen it on the big boys sites and apps. I'm sure if you developed this it would sell like hot cakes..


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