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Change the default explode option to 'paragraph'
Feb 3rd, 2013, 3:55pm
 
How often do we want to summarize a paragraph, how often do we need the whole thing?

I, personally,  need much more often to explode the whole paragraph.

One of the main reasons is in cases like: "St. Pierre", the $Name would be just "St".

OK, I could just switch to paragraph every single time, but, my question here is: do we really use more the 'first sentence' option than the 'paragraph' option? And, if not, could 'paragraph' be the default setting? Why? because it saves a lot of clicks.

This post is just to survey Tinderbox forum and get some responses. If the majority turn out to prefer 'first sentence', may it prevail.
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Re: Change the default explode option to 'paragraph'
Reply #1 - Feb 3rd, 2013, 5:08pm
 
I always use the paragraph option too, although I don't use 'Explode' enough to be bothered by the number of clicks.

I think the ideal would simply be to make such dialog windows remember last settings used --- that would indeed be rather handy.
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Re: Change the default explode option to 'paragraph'
Reply #2 - Feb 3rd, 2013, 5:56pm
 
I use Explode a lot, almost always on behalf of others and the only certainly is everyone's need (i.e. optimal default) is different. The Explode dialog offers options to control what goes into $Text (all, some or none) and what goes into the $Name(1 or 2 paras or all text). There's a perhaps simplistic assumption that the 'sentence' boundary is full stop. From experience it's actually more complicated that that (even if only for |! and ? terminators).

If there is a change it might be better to either offer a preference (i.e. doc-wide default) and/or have the Explode dialog remember the last used values, at least for the current session.
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Re: Change the default explode option to 'paragraph'
Reply #3 - Feb 4th, 2013, 12:41am
 
Both suggestions would solve this problem, and many others. But, I take this would require a lot more coding than simply changing the default from 'first sentence' to 'first paragraph'...

That's why I'm asking people here about their habits.
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Re: Change the default explode option to 'paragraph'
Reply #4 - Feb 4th, 2013, 10:59am
 
Explode will be all new in Tinderbox 6.  Have ideas for Exploding more gracefully?  Now's a good time to email.
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