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Inconsistencies in printable version


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One big difference between the web page and a hard copy of the printable version is that the former is generated dynamically, while the latter doesn't change once it's printed out. (Yes, I know that's obvious. Bear with me a moment. :-) Printouts can stick around for a long time, so by default the information which is most likely to change -- travel bugs and logs -- is not included on the printable version.

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First, the third line gives you the size "Size: Regular" - Considering the often changing nature of travel bugs there was no point of including them on the page. The idea was to create a page with information to help you find the cache.

 

The title "Inconsistencies" gave me the impression that printable cache page A was being displayed differently than cache page B. Your observation would be considered an "omission" and not an inconsistancy. All printable cache pages are consistant in display.

 

frog.gif Jeremy Irish

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Sorry for making it out to sound like more than it is/was. As cottingham pointed out, very logically, the printed version tends to stay.

 

I was actually more interested in parsing it for a local db so that I could do some distance to line calculations (as in given a path between 2 cities, show all caches within x miles of the line). However, the PocketQuery stuff works perfectly for this and is easier to parse anyway.

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I know everyone has their own preferences for how they like to see cache information but I use GPXSpinner and have created my own templates for viewing and printing. This way I have total control over what I see. It doesn't take much HTML knowledge to tweak the templates. Dawn&Richard, If you're interested I can email you my templates as a starting point.

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I couldn't figure out a way to attach anything to a post so I put my templates on my netscape account for all to retrieve. Look here: Zipped templates.

 

A few notes:

1) I created a style sheet so that I could change things globally easily. The cachestyle.css file is referenced as releative to a folder called style under the Spinner HTML directory. You can change the LINK tag in each template if you want the style sheet somewhere else.

 

2) I wanted to avoid the multiple files for decoded hints and decoded logs that the default spinner templates produce. This led me to a method that uses a simple form on the page that allows the user to turn on and off the decryption. For decoded logs, I haven't figured out a way to selectively show either encoded or decoded logs without getting a duplicate set of happy/sad face icons. Bring up a page with an encrypted log and you can see what I'm talking about. If anyone figures out a way to deal with this, I would appreciate letting me know.

 

I am a software engineer but I am not a web developer. Five days ago if someone wanted to talk to me about CSS and DOM, I would have said "Huh?". Therefore, these probably have some issues. Constuctive criticism gladly accepted.

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