... leads me to ask if you've ever considered learning a little programming?
How about a thread on it, where people can participate on designing new features (like tables)?
Then have a ftp site to upload it for testing on another test copy like the one you are operating now? Then you could decide if you want to add that feature to the main board (so you still have control over the final product).
Your strong interest in working out the details of things like HTML and dBCodes and ...
You can teach an old dog new tricks? Could be fun. Mostly I like to tinker with programs.
Seriously, my programming background is old-school -- mostly fortran IV in the 60's with some "true basic" in the 80's (writing programs to solve design problems), and then there is "lisp" (a programming nightmare used for autocad macros) and the programing of macros within other programs (like excel).
My brother, Xongsmith, may be better ... he's been involved in programming much more recently ...
This test board is identical to the main board as of about 11:00 AM this morning eastern time US, including all threads and messages. So that it's easy to tell when you're at the new board I've given it a slightly ruddy background, instead of black. I've created a thread at the test board for posting information about problems, issues and bugs:
In this series, I'm going to assume that you're using a Unix system and that your Perl interpreter is located at /usr/local/bin/perl. It's OK if you're running Windows; most Perl code is platform-independent.
Your First Perl Program
Take the following text and put it into a file called first.pl:
#!/usr/local/bin/perl print "Hi there!\n";
(Traditionally, first programs are supposed to say Hello world!, but I'm an iconoclast.)
Now, run it with your Perl interpreter. From a command line, go to the directory with this file and type perl first.pl. You should see:
The \n indicates the ``newline'' character; without it, Perl doesn't skip to a new line of text on its own.
There are (free) html webpage generators (nvu or KompoZer for instance) where you can work in wysiwyg space, or in html code space - is there anything like that for Perl? (or would one need to use Perl to make one?)