Azure Jane Lunatic (azurelunatic) wrote,
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Pet Peeves: LJ cut text

I have a pet peeve about LJ cut text.

I think that an entry should be readable both on the friends page/journal page/day view, and as a stand-alone entry that can be read when linked to (or if you'd forgotten what the cut text was after you opened it in a new browser tab).

See, say you've got something like this:


I went to the hospital, and the werewolf was

He was hacking and coughing and did not have long to live. He gave me a message to pass on to the elders.



That looks just fine if you're reading along and click the cut tag. But, inside, you have:

I went to the hospital, and the werewolf was

He was hacking and coughing and did not have long to live. He gave me a message to pass on to the elders.

The werewolf was what? Those of you arriving at this via their friends page, or via a page in my journal, can answer: he was gravely ill. One can figure it out from the context, but the actual cut tag text is lost unless it's deliberately duplicated just behind the cut tag, as so:

I went to the hospital, and the werewolf was <lj-cut text="gravely ill">gravely ill.

He was hacking and coughing and did not have long to live. He gave me a message to pass on to the elders. </lj-cut>

This makes the passage flow, whether you're reading it on the friends page/journal page, or reading it directly in the entry.

There are some places, of course, where the text of the cut tag is deliberately not duplicated. For example:
That night was a rough night for poor Harry. He stumbled home, not entirely sure whether his feet were still attached to his legs. He was barely home before [rather disgusting details of overindulgence in alcohol].

There, the sensibilities of the reader are protected from which exact "rather disgusting details of overindulgence in alcohol" the writer would have included. In this case, visitors to the entry via a direct link are reading at their own risk. Still, there is no information lost.

In the case of a straight, no-frills LJ-cut tag, not included as part of the flow of information, there is no content to lose.
Chocolate is a good thing. I like chocolate. It is a dark, sensual flavor, one that is sometimes coyly disguised with milk and sugar, but is never truly hidden. Caramel is good too, but it is pure sweetness, and can never be confused with the deep, sometimes dangerous complexity that is chocolate.

Even if I tweak that LJ-cut to have the text="And I continue...", it still doesn't lose information. Readers on the single entry view will see you continue. Readers on the friends page will get to choose whether or not to read your continuation.


It's only, really, when there's information vital to the entry that's contained in the cut tag, and the information is not duplicated or paralleled in the remainder of the entry, that my peevishness is peeved off. But when it is, trust me that I'm peevish indeed...
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