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Item7430: DONTNOTIFYCHECKBOX no longer works

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Extension PatternSkin Normal Confirmed   n/a  

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The preference is documented to indicate whether a topic save is 'quiet' ('minor') by default.

This is important for topics such as 'webnotify'.

The checkbox was removed from the GUI a long time ago and replaced with a 'quiet save' button. This was a mistake.

See discussion at http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Codev/TopicPreferenceForQuietSaves and http://twiki.org/p/pub/Codev/KampalaReleaseMeeting2014x02x06/KampalaMeetingLog2014x02x06.txt

The checkbox needs to be put back, and again take its default from DONTNOTIFYCHECKBOX preference (so old webs/topics work).

Suggestion that a new name with a true/false argument would be better is OK going forward.

-- TWiki:Main/TimotheLitt - 2014-02-07

Note: 'Watch' is missing on TopMenu and greyed-out on the bottom action list. Something needs updating.

-- TWiki:Main.TimotheLitt - 2014-02-07

FYI, if you are logged out the Watch is missing/grayed out.

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 2014-02-07

The checkbox has vanished from PatternSkin, but the parameter dontnotify is still evaluated by the save skript, I've changed "Applies To " and "Component" accordingly.

Worse: The documentation at TWiki:TWiki.DontNotify describes the preference variable but does not tell what value(s) should be given.

My idea is to just add a hidden input field and pass the content of DONTNOTIFYCHECKBOX as its value - that would be a one-line change in the template edit.pattern.tmpl. However, other skins just interpolate DONTNOTIFYCHECKBOX in the input type="checkbox" name="dontnotify" element, so it would sort of "work" with values like "checked" or 'checked' but also checked='checked' and checked="checked". There's no trivial way to interpolate all of these into a valid value attribute of a hidden control, but this might still be a viable solution.

I sort of agree with Timothe that another preference variable with a true/false value would be a good idea, but this breaks all existing skins.

-- TWiki:Main.HaraldJoerg - 2017-12-21

Decided at TWiki:Codev.KampalaReleaseMeeting2017x12x21 to reprioritize to "normal".

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 2017-12-21

Recommend as per TWiki:Codev.KampalaReleaseMeeting2014x02x06 to replace "Quiet save" button with previously used checkbox.

-- TWiki:Main.PeterThoeny - 2017-12-21

Summary DONTNOTIFYCHECKBOX no longer works
ReportedBy TWiki:Main.TimotheLitt
Codebase 6.0.0, 5.1.4, 5.1.3, 5.1.2, 5.1.1, 5.1.0, 5.0.2, 5.0.1, 5.0.0, 4.3.2, 4.3.1, 4.3.0, 4.2.4, 4.2.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1
SVN Range TWiki-6.0.1-trunk, Thu, 09 Jan 2014, build 26720
AppliesTo Extension
Component PatternSkin
Priority Normal
CurrentState Confirmed


TargetRelease n/a

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Topic revision: r4 - 2017-12-21 - PeterThoeny
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