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 multiple pages on the item being viewed. So you may only have 560 chars on the screen at the same time, but you can scroll through the full text if it goes beyond that.
Another of my to-do's but is a bit more down the road is reading the current terminal size and then adjusting the screen to fit as needed. We'll see though.. it's going to be some weird hackery to get those fixed width text areas to accommodate different sizes. I might have to switch from using screens to placing the display statements where I want them like I do with COBOL Rogue-like. Idk...
I'm trying to think of a use case where the leading spaces would be needed? Any type of text alignment is going to break anyway.
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
They get removed... for now at least.- Erik_,Tue Sep 28 2021 10:58am
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."