There was a bug in my input sanitation on the COBOL RSS Reader. It has a function to remove any leading blank spaces/tabs of an RSS item description. Turns out, it didn't actually work at all.
I re-wrote it and now it's working as it should.
The browser renders the spaces in your subject as a single space even though if you "view source", they're there. The "What" gets placed a space away from the asterisk. In the RSS feed, the subject line is also sent with the spaces intact. Because there's an asterisk at the start, there are no "lead... more
I figured maybe it still would because there's the one active forum left but the goes to a page not found now. That was a good idea though.
Trailing spaces exist by default in COBOL on alphabetic or alphanumeric fields as they're fixed length. So any unused character positions are filled with s... more
The description area only has room for 560 characters currently because the screen fits into a standard 80x25 terminal window. Because of this, I remove as much filler as possible so I can display the most of the item description into the small text area.
I do have plans down the road to have mu... more
That's a very "classic software" design decision. It's why you sometimes see those things happen. "There just wasn't room, and we had to choose what was important. We were at 4 kB+128 bytes and had to remove some stuff to get under 4 kB."