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(Message started by: william wu on Jan 21st, 2003, 12:41am)

Title: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ]
Post by william wu on Jan 21st, 2003, 12:41am
UPDATED: 5:52 PM 3/25/2005

Want to give a solution or hint, but don't want others to see it unless they highlight the area with a mouse? Embrace the secret text in hide tags as follows:


Code:
[hide] i send this in order to have your advice [/hide]


The resulting text will appear as:

[hide] i send this in order to have your advice [/hide]

You have to highlight this area with your mouse to see the hidden message.

There is also a convenient hide-button at the far right of the second row of the YABBC tags menu, in case you forget the command.


notes: hide tags now work in previewing as well. the old implementation wasn't right.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by Icarus on Apr 5th, 2003, 12:26pm
A few other FAQs about hidden text, as currently implemented:

How can I see it? - Select the text area using your mouse cursor. While the area is selected, the text will show.

Why? - Posters hide information because many people turn to the forum when they are stuck and want a push in the right direction, but not the full solution. Hiding text gives the reader a chance to reveal only some of the information, in hopes that they can figure out the rest themselves.

It's not working! - Hidden text is only hidden in the regular thread display. Anywhere else, it will show. In particular, hidden text is not hidden in the Preview pane. Fear not! If you have attempted to hide some text, and in the preview you can see the text, but not the hide tags, then you are okay. When you post the text will be hidden. But, if you can see the hide tags in the Preview pane - you have an error you need to correct.



(I decided to post this here so that I could link newbies to it, rather than keep repeating it all over the forum.)

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by towr on Apr 9th, 2003, 11:49am
THUDandBLUNDER brought it to my attention that hyperlinks don't hide normally.
To hide a hyperlink, along with regular text, you'll have to do this:
[hide] hidden text before hyperlink, [/hide] [url=linktosomewhere] [hide] link-text [/hide][/url][hide], hidden text after hyperlink[/hide]

normal:"[hide] hidden text before hyperlink, link-text (http://linktosomewhere), hidden text after hyperlink[/hide]"

as above:"[hide] hidden text before hyperlink,[/hide] [hide] link-text[/hide] (http://linktosomewhere)[hide], hidden text after hyperlink[/hide]"

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by Boody on Apr 16th, 2003, 3:54am

on 04/05/03 at 12:26:52, Icarus wrote:
- ...Hidden text is only hidden in the regular thread display. Anywhere else, it will show. In particular, hidden text is not hidden in the Preview pane...


Beware:
I just want to confirm that and give an example.
When you see the "10 most recent posts " hidden text are revealed.
So beware, if you don't want to read fortuitously solutions.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by mistysakura on Apr 21st, 2003, 4:25pm
For some reason, now you can see the hide tags in preview mode, even when they're put in correctly.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by Icarus on Apr 21st, 2003, 4:54pm
Are you sure you had them in right? The following did not show the hide tags for me in preview:

[hide] test [/hide]

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by cho on Apr 21st, 2003, 5:27pm
Tower's solution for hiding link text gave me an idea for hiding text even in preview mode. It goes something like this
                      (http://Not a real url, just hidden text)
Find (and read) the hidden text.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by mistysakura on Apr 23rd, 2003, 1:01am
[hide]stuff[/hide]

Well, the above hide tags are showing in preview, so if they're hidden in my post, I've put them in right.

Wait a minute.  *checks preferences*  No, nothing to do with that either.  This is weird.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by Icarus on Apr 26th, 2003, 10:06am
Weird indeed. All I can think of is that it must have something to do with your browser.

Cho - I suppose that works, but you might want to indicate to people to look at their url display to see the text, otherwise they won't notice that useful information is being displayed.

Title: RE: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by mistysakura on Apr 26th, 2003, 5:32pm
Seriously, I spent ages think 'what the?' (I don't usually display my status bar.) ::)
And about the whole hiding text thing ...Never mind, it's come back, but this was just WEIRD!!!  and what I did waas reset the browser potions back to default... I must have done something really stupid. :-[

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by Methuselah on Jul 10th, 2004, 10:41pm
Hey, just joined, didn't know about the 'hide' and '/hide' routine. So simply used within sq brackets color=black and then /color. It worked. See:
>This is hidden.<

And it works in the pre-view panel too.

ok?

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by BNC on Jul 11th, 2004, 6:15am
Remember the colors alternate. A black color will work 50% of the times.


Compare your: >This is hidden.<
With the standard: ::[hide]This is really hidden[/hide]::

The mail problem with the hide tags is that they're not working in the preview / last 10.  :(

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by Methuselah on Jul 11th, 2004, 9:49am
I don't understand: "Remember the colors alternate. A black color will work 50% of the times."

You mean they keep changing the paper and ink colors periodically? But why? If they stick to the white on black ( a very comfortable arrangement, so easy on the eyes), my hidden text stays hidden in preview, in regular post and in the 'ten most recent posts' as well.

OK, if alternating is their policy, then I will have to adopt the 'hide' and '/hide'commands.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by towr on Jul 11th, 2004, 11:37am
The background colours of the posts on this board alternate between dark grey and black. Both may look black though,  if you have your monitor on low contrast (like I have).

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by Rejeev on Oct 12th, 2004, 2:34am
how can I hide the attachement? It is required in the case of puzzles like SQUARE FORMATION. the solution is jpg image which I would like to upload but should be hidden.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ] (new)
Post by towr on Oct 12th, 2004, 3:33am
zip it! (the attachment ;))
Only images are attached and shown, other attachments only give a link to the attachment.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ]
Post by mansi on Aug 24th, 2005, 8:04am
but scrollin mouse over....can reveal the text...is there some script using which only till people reply to u....they cant see the coded text?

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ]
Post by towr on Aug 24th, 2005, 3:18pm
I don't understand what you mean  :-/

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ]
Post by Icarus on Aug 24th, 2005, 3:29pm
I believe mansi wants some way of preventing others from seeing the answer until he allows them to.

But the point behind hiding text is that we don't want to prevent others from having the satisfaction of solving the riddle, by presenting the answer to them before they are ready for it. This is particularly true for first replies, as later people reading the riddle will see the answer sitting right there before they even get the chance to think about the riddle themselves. We hide answers in later replies so that those who are only looking for a push in the right direction can read some of the thread without finding the answer given in the middle.

I do not feel it is appropriate for this forum to deny the answer to someone who wants it until they perform some specified action (other than perhaps the action of solving the riddle themselves). So even if this is possible, I don't think it is desirable.

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ]
Post by Sir Col on Aug 30th, 2005, 3:19pm
You could always use the [invisible] [/invisible] tag which not only hides the text but it also hides the poster. For an example of this you can see the complete solution I posted near the beginning of the 100 prisoners & a light bulb (http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~wwu/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=riddles_hard;action=display;num=1027805293) thread.  ::)

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ]
Post by Icarus on Aug 31st, 2005, 4:58pm
And also my reply in which I pointed out that Sir Col's solution wouldn't work, as clouds of flatulence would disappate over 100+ days. :D

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ]
Post by tryintogetanswers on Sep 7th, 2005, 1:49pm
[hide] testin [/hide]

Title: Re: [ FAQ : how to hide text? ]
Post by gitanas on Jun 22nd, 2016, 4:56am
hide-button doesn't work on Firefox

[hide]Test[/hide]



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