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## Forum Features?

A few questions I would appreciate some help with by those more technically proficient with this forum's features than I obviously am:

1. Is it possible to save posts for further editing and additions, before posting. I see this as helpful for nutting out details before posting, avoiding where possible those details being dragged out during discussion after misunderstandings. I have seen a dialogue box pop us saying "saved" automatically from time to time but I can't see where it is being saved to.
2. Can I upload a diagram via a jpeg or other image format to posts? I tried it once early on and it didn't seem to work. Since then I haven't bothered with the feature, but would now like to use it possibly.
3. How to use the mathematical symbols? I see them there but I can't seem to work out the next step for incorporating them into posts.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

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Wholesale editing is not permitted in order to save the the continuity of the discussion. Fixing typos and such like is. Try 'reply with quote' on your own post(s) to add details.

If you can get anything useful out of the 'autro save' function, ley us know. I hate to think how many of my potential posts have self destructed.

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Originally Posted by John Mendenhall
Wholesale editing is not permitted in order to save the the continuity of the discussion. Fixing typos and such like is. Try 'reply with quote' on your own post(s) to add details.

If you can get anything useful out of the 'autro save' function, ley us know. I hate to think how many of my potential posts have self destructed.
Thusly. 2 and 3, there are people much berrer at it than me.

Good questionss, thanks.

edit: This post almost destroyed itself . . . Caught it jut in time.
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Originally Posted by John Mendenhall
Wholesale editing is not permitted in order to save the the continuity of the discussion. Fixing typos and such like is. ...
Yes, I am aware of that prohibition, but what I am asking about is the ability to save a draft, come back to it later after more thoughts and research, before posting it, not posting then revising.

It appears from your post there is no save feature of posts in progress, which can be opened at a later date for pre-posting revision and additions, which surely cannot offend anyone else or fall foul of the rule against revisionism.
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Originally Posted by Canis Lupus
Yes, I am aware of that prohibition, but what I am asking about is the ability to save a draft, come back to it later after more thoughts and research, before posting it, not posting then revising.

It appears from your post, there is no save feature of posts in process, which can be opened at a later date for pre-posting revision and additions, which surely cannot offend anyone else or fall foul of the rule against revisionism.
I would like to do as little editing as possible after the post is made.

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Originally Posted by Canis Lupus
Yes, I am aware of that prohibition, but what I am asking about is the ability to save a draft, come back to it later after more thoughts and research, before posting it, not posting then revising.

It appears from your post, there is no save feature of posts in process, which can be opened at a later date for pre-posting revision and additions, which surely cannot offend anyone else or fall foul of the rule against revisionism.
If you copy them to Word, you can copy them back to here. A nuisance, but works good,

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Originally Posted by John Mendenhall
If you copy them to Word, you can copy them back to here. A nuisance, but works good,
Yes, I've thought about that, but I wanted to avoid it for reasons too boring to go into. One word is enough, "nuisance".
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10. Just poking around for an option for #1, you could:

Go to Settings | Send New Message. (i.e. make a private message).
Enter yourself as the recipient (I've checked and this works).
Enter your message. Use [Preview Message] to check formatting and such.
Use [Submit Message] to "save".
When you want to do more, go to your inbox, and open your message.
In the "Quick Reply" area, remove the "[QUOTE=MyName]" at the start, and "[/QUOTE]" at the end.
Edit the message.
Click [Submit Message] to "save" again.
When ready to post, Copy/Paste out of the message into the post.

A bit tedious, and you'd want to select and delete old versions often. Personally, I'd just use Notepad - or whatever suits in the OS in use. (I do this often when making a big post.)

11. Originally Posted by John Mendenhall
If you copy them to Word, you can copy them back to here. A nuisance, but works good,
But please don't use Word! It will introduce all sorts of formatting that can make posts hard to read and even harder to quote.

Use a text editor (e.g. Notepad, if that is all you have) instead.

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Originally Posted by Strange
But please don't use Word! It will introduce all sorts of formatting that can make posts hard to read and even harder to quote.

Use a text editor (e.g. Notepad, if that is all you have) instead.
Or save the file in RTF or would that present the same problems?
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Originally Posted by pzkpfw
Just poking around for an option for #1, you could:

Go to Settings | Send New Message. (i.e. make a private message).
Enter yourself as the recipient (I've checked and this works).
Enter your message. Use [Preview Message] to check formatting and such.
Use [Submit Message] to "save".
When you want to do more, go to your inbox, and open your message.
In the "Quick Reply" area, remove the "" at the end.
Edit the message.
Click [Submit Message] to "save" again.
When ready to post, Copy/Paste out of the message into the post.

A bit tedious, and you'd want to select and delete old versions often. Personally, I'd just use Notepad - or whatever suits in the OS in use. (I do this often when making a big post.)
Worth toying with - a nuisance vs. tedious

Thanks.

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Originally Posted by 01101001
$$\frac{x}{y}$$

It's more complicated than I imagined it would be, but I suppose like everything it's a matter of getting in there and getting your hands dirty and it becomes easier. :/

16. Originally Posted by Canis Lupus
It's more complicated than I imagined it would be, but I suppose like everything it's a matter of getting in there and getting your hands dirty and it becomes easier. :/
There is an online LaTeX equation editor here: http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php

It is interactive (displaying the results as you type) with buttons to insert most commands.

17. Originally Posted by Canis Lupus
Or save the file in RTF or would that present the same problems?
I don't think that would help. (Saving as RTF used to be about the only way to move data between Word and other editors, avoiding all the MS proprietary stuff. But with modern tools, and even MS using open standards, that is less of an issue now.)

18. Originally Posted by pzkpfw
Personally, I'd just use Notepad - or whatever suits in the OS in use. (I do this often when making a big post.)
Right - cut and paste to any other (little) program. I usually have an email program running. I might paste long posts into an email message for saving temporarily while continuing research. If you're coming back to it hours later, send the email to yourself.

19. I have found that Chrome will strip off any formatting by using Crtl-Shift-V. Obviously, if you used code to get the formatting and copy that, it doesn't work at all.

20. MS Notepad is good for drafting. You can also DL and use Notepad++, which has some coding features, such as helping identify opening and closing brackets and has a spell checker. Also, you can use keyboard shortcuts in the text field here, such as ctrl+i = italics, ctrl+b = bold, ctrl+u = underline, ctrl+l = enter URL dialog (i.e. link).

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Originally Posted by Strange
There is an online LaTeX equation editor here: http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php

It is interactive (displaying the results as you type) with buttons to insert most commands.
Thanks for the link. I had a bit of a look at it last night. It may prove valuable. Often I am out of range. I might look for a program I can use off line. I've been searching around for an easy and quick to use program for the construction of geometrical propositions, but haven't quite worked out which one suits my needs best. For this reason, I asked about the image upload, because in the absence of an easy and intuitive program to construct these geometrical propositions, it may be better if I just hand draw them, photograph them, and then upload the image. The same might be the practical solution for the mathematical symbols, should I need to use them in presenting an idea.

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