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Talal
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Timeline export broken?
Feb 14th, 2008, 11:37am
 
I just downloaded the SIMILE Timeline kit from the exchange. The example.html included works. However, once I export my own additions to the example in the .tbx file, the timelineData.xml exports correctly, but the example.html comes out basically blank; meaning, none of the boilerplate information seems to be included.

Is it broken, has the upgrade to 4.x changed anything, or am I just missing something totally obvious? Thanks.
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Re: Timeline export broken?
Reply #1 - Feb 14th, 2008, 12:46pm
 
It's a Tinderbox 4 detail.

The note named /boilerplate/script contains a javascript script that's embedded in the exported page.  One of the lines of this script starts with a tab; tabs now tell Tinderbox to use "HTMLIndentedParagraphStart/End" to mark up the tags.  These didn't exist before Tinderbox 4, so they weren't a concern.

Select /boilerplate/script.  Open HTMLView.

Switch the the Paragraph pane

You'll see that most of the paragraph markup is empty, but "Indented" is not.  Empty the start and end tags for "indented" paragraphs. and press Update.

Close the HTMLView and export everything once more; all should be well.  I'll update the upload in a few minutes.
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Reply #2 - Feb 14th, 2008, 1:13pm
 
Works fine now, after downloading the new kit. Thanks for the quick response!
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Reply #3 - Mar 30th, 2009, 10:41am
 
Hi everyone!

This is my first post. I've owned Tinderbox for nearly a year but haven't had much time to explore its possibilities. I keep meaning to but, like others, I find the learning curve somewhat daunting.

Today I was looking at some timeline apps and realised that this is probably something that I could do more flexibly using TB. I'd like to start building a database of personal data from the last 50 years. I found the 'Simile Timeline' templates in the Exchange and have just tried to load the example.html page from my Sites folder. Unfortunately loading the page in my browser just loads a page of rubbish characters. (I've tried exporting a number of times and believe that the export puts all the right files in the right places...)

Has something been broken in the exchange file in respect to the newest version? (I'm running the latest version of TB, 4.6.1)

Is there anywhere else that I might look for some templates that I could use to store event data to use in creating timelines?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Reply #4 - Mar 30th, 2009, 11:27am
 
Ah, I think this is an issue whereby when TB opens a pre-v4.6 TBX it generates a new one and somehow that process doesn't set export template defaults correctly.  I'm just taking a look at the doc in an older version.
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Reply #5 - Mar 30th, 2009, 11:47am
 
Thank you Mark for your quick reply and your willingness to look into it!

Kind regards,

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Reply #6 - Mar 30th, 2009, 11:56am
 
Somehow - even back in v4.5.3 all the template selection was mangled. If you're using v4.6+ download this version: http://www.acrobatfaq.com/tbdemos/timeline_46.tbx.zip

It now looks to work. Fixes:
  • Made template internal so they don't get lost/disconnected.
  • Re-connected exporting pages to the correct templates.
  • Set code notes in monspace font for clarity.
  • Tidied up JS & CSS code.
  • Added closing ^ to all export codes

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Reply #7 - Mar 30th, 2009, 12:50pm
 
Hi Mark,

Yes it works now for me. Many, many thanks!

Time for me to start digging into the wonders of TB!

Best regards from the Netherlands.

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