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Martin Vajsar
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Hi all,

today I tried to post text related to a PL/SQL specific error code, P.LS-00428. I had to add the dot between P and L which does not belong there, otherwise this site prevented me to post it because it considers it IM speak.

I do hate instant messaging speak, but let me note that this is pretty technical forum. Lots of technical terms will inevitably happen to represent some sort of childish abbreviation. If there is a strong case for this feature, I'd suggest to allow at least some form of of escaping it in the text or overriding so that is would be possible to post legitimate text that contains legal use of the IM speak and yet is not actual code.

Also, the error message should in my opinion be displayed in preview too and not when the submit button is clicked.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Martin,
Putting it in [ code] IM speak [ /code] tags works. I've also made a note to look at making the IM speak filter case sensitive. People usually write p.ls and not P.LS in IM speak.


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Martin Vajsar
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Thanks, Jeanne. The case sensitivity will certainly help. Would it be possible to activate the filter in preview mode too? I'd consider it very useful.

I had known about the code tag, however if I want to use the problematic word in a sentence, it gets a bit messy. What about ignoring texts in the tt tag too? I understand that tt is just a formatting tag, whereas the code tag defines a meaning for the enclosed text, however I assume that the typical usage of the tt tags is to enclose eg. variable names etc. Putting the problematic text in a tt tag would not break the sentence.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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