Note: There are a few cases of duplicates in user autocompletion which are being worked on.

Allow to truncate string in the middle via text-overflow

RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 740910

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Core
CSS Parsing and Computation
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enhancement
RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 740910
5 years ago
5 years ago

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(Reporter: Sebastian Zartner, Unassigned)

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Description

5 years ago
According to https://developer.mozilla.org/En/CSS/Text-overflow and http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css3-ui/#text-overflow there's currently only the possibility to clip strings at the beginning and their end.
Though for recognizability it's sometimes better to crop the string in the middle.
Firebug is using that principle for file names and URLs and it works well. Though the strings are not cropped dynamically. So there's a problem when the containing element is resized. See http://code.google.com/p/fbug/issues/detail?id=4864.

Example:
this_is_a_very_long_filename.txt
this_is_a_very_long_filename2.jpg

With the current implementation this would be cropped to something like:
this_is_a_very_lo…
this_is_a_very_lo…

So the file types and names can't be destinguished.

If the truncation could be specified to happen in the middle of the word, this would look like:
this_is_a_…ename.txt
this_is_a_…name2.jpg

Thereby the most characterizing part is obviously the file extension.
So to keep this visible there could be another option to specify the number of characters to prevent from being cropped (at the left and the right side).

So if there's just space for e.g. 5 characters and we specified not to crop the right 3 characters, the result would look like this:
t…txt
t…jpg

I imagine the CSS syntax to be specified like this:
p {
  white-space: nowrap;  
  width: 100%;                     
  overflow: hidden;
  text-overflow: clip ellipsis clip 3;
}

p {
  white-space: nowrap;  
  width: 100%;                     
  overflow: hidden;
  text-overflow-left: clip;
  text-overflow-middle: ellipsis
  text-overflow-right: clip
  text-overflow-left-preserve: 0;
  text-overflow-right-preserve: 3;
}

Sebastian

Updated

5 years ago
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 5 years ago
Resolution: --- → DUPLICATE
Duplicate of bug: 740910
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