What If: Collect into new HTML item

This is me, just thinking out loud.

What if you could select a run of text in the Freeway workspace and choose a command “Collect into New HTML Item” and the text would be cut and inserted into a new html item? The dialogue for this would allow you to choose whether the new html item is inserted inflow or layered.

What if you could select an inflow html item and choose a command “Release Contents from HTML item”, removing the html item but leaving its contents in the same inflow location?

I think this would let me spend more time working with content than building scaffolding for it.


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It took me a while getting the gist of this, but could think of advantages having such a feature.

If I understand you correct, it could be a feature or tool or whatever which enables a user to start content first. After raw (or even detailed) styling - select text and “wrap” this into a DIV.

Thinking further, it would be fine to even select this DIV and wrap another one around - are feature which would be perfect these days.

Content First!

Cheers

Thomas


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Thomas, you have it exactly!

This idea came to me while using Panic’s Coda 2. Pressing a key combination inserts a <div></div> pair, which you can change to any other tag pair by simply typing the name of it. BUT, you can also select whole blocks and use the key command to wrap the selection in the code block of your choosing.

With Freeway and inflow design, I find that I am having to focus on building the structure first, then portion out the content into the scaffolding. If I have misjudged the layout, then fixing it is an ordeal which is easier done by starting over.

With this Coda behavior, I can introduce content almost immediately and build the layout up around it. Deleting enclosing tags still requires a good eye and care with the backspace command, but it strikes me that a similar behavior in Freeway could be very valuable.


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With Freeway and inflow design, I find that I am having to focus on building the structure first, then portion out the content into the scaffolding. If I have misjudged the layout, then fixing it is an ordeal which is easier done by starting over.

That wasn’t really my concerns, cause I’m in the lucky situation having an Art-Director (or DesignDealer) who exactly knows what I prefer:

A well written, even pre-structured editorial.

It took us a while to get there and my crazy solid obsessive GridMeister was one of the results of this cooperation.

So indeed I do the grid first.

With this Coda behavior, I can introduce content almost immediately and build the layout up around it. Deleting enclosing tags still requires a good eye and care with the backspace command, but it strikes me that a similar behavior in Freeway could be very valuable.

Buuuuut - what if client changing her mind? A lil bit tweaking here and there and boom - you have to either re-write your Grid or do a lot of cutting, copying and pasting. And exactly here - the “Release Content” feature comes in game - super cool idea.

Cheers

Thomas

Footnote:

The downside of this is, that an average mortal Freeway-user is a designer. So he won’t ever start by doing content-first. That’s at least my experience of the last months since “responsive design” has been introduced within Freeway.


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