108718Re: [pcgen] Re: regarding Class Features / Special Abilities listing within pcgen
- Sep 7, 2012Hi,
On 9/7/2012 12:54 AM, Susan Dittmar wrote:
> Quoting Andrew (drew0500@...):
>> Though, you need to remember, besides the RSRD, SRD, MSRD and Paizo, the rest of the publishers DO
>> NOT want all the information displayed. After all, they want to be able to sell their products, and
>> we are an adjunct to making their customers happy. If we displayed everything, the feeling is the
>> customer might not purchase the book.
> No problem with me. If the mechanics is in, I can add those texts in my
> personal files without violating the publisher's intention. I did buy the
> books after all :-)
And you may do that.
>> So, current code practices supported that stated goal. I think BENEFIT was brought into play for
>> licensed set by CMP. Anyways, that's a short history.
>> And, I'm the one that did the [Normal] - It aids those coming behind trying to add the extra crunch
>> mechanics. ;)
> I think I am adverse to adding a NORMAL tag. Here's my reason.
> OK, Pathfinder (and SRD) do have a NORMAL section sometimes in the
> feat/ability description. I agree that adding this same text to the
> character sheet is a good step to take. I do so in my personal files.
> But this division into "introduction", "benefit", and "normal" sections is
> just *one* possible style of writing up an ability. I think we should not
> trap ourselves into accomodating this one style to the fullest, and by that
> blocking any other styles.
> Thus I think we should use the tags like this:
> DESC for a very brief description what the ability is about
> BENEFIT for the detailed description, maybe split into several paragraphs
> (adding newline is an existing feature request).
New Line exists today.
I also concur I don't intend to split out a new tag for Normal. I use a Newline and encapsulate it
> Thinking of it, I am even adverse to having PCGen concatenate those two
> texts. Once we remember that the tags names do not automatically correspond
> to the sections of pathfinder's feat descriptions, we can make sure that
> the BENEFIT text contains *all* the details the user might need (in this
> case, the introductory line, the crunch and the reminder what would happen
> without this ability). It might be a bit more work when entering the data
> (though that can be helped with a clever editor macro), but it makes for
> much better texts than what auto-concatenation can yield.
AS a data monkey, I find the Benefit and DESC are easily done. The Text blocks are already set up
with the separation
A Feat Name
blurb which is the desc
prexxx goes here
Benefit: More text with crunch
Normal: If applicable.
What would be nice is the UI to show both, depending on the User Preference, you'll either See the
DESC and BENEFIT text (sweet) or only the BENEFIT text.
> Well, just my thoughts,
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