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Dealing w. URL's in TinyMCE

TinyMCE, is one of the 2 best contenders for web-based WYSIWYG editors. There's a interesting way this editor deals with URL's implanted in contents of your document. Use these instructions to use them correctly - http://wiki.moxiecode.com/index.php/TinyMCE:FAQ#Why_is_my_paths_incorrect.2C_I_want_absolute.2Frelative_URLs.3F

Some other TinyMCE resources:
http://www.drupal.org.uk/node/191

Why I like ricardo.ch

ricardo.ch is a serious contender to eBay in German speaking (D-A-CH) markets. Here's a quick run down of all the advantages ricardo.ch offers that eBay doesn't.
Low listing fees + 4% success fee (0.30 CHF for product value below CHF 100)No scheduling fee
Accepts www.moneybookers.com, a seller friendly online payment service.Ricardo Assistant is a better listing software than eBay Turbo Lister
Some points where ricardo.ch doesn't score so well are..
Smaller brand compared to eBay, so that means smaller buyer-base3-4 million buyers - primarily Swiss. Relatively low penetration in Germany and Austria.

Why are there no German software Global Players

As a software-related professional living in Germany currently, I have been pondering for a few weeks now - "Why are there no German software global players?" (with the exception of course of SAP).

This list from Forbes-2000 list for some hard facts - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World's_largest_software_compan...

Why can German companies be the Export Weltmeister for so many sectors of the economy, but not software?

Purdue ECN's Javascript Calendar Control

I was on the Internet in search for an easy to use (as in use for writing code), I ran into Purdue ECN's widget, extremely easy to use in web-apps of any type and providing nice user interface.

It's called CalendarControl and the thing to appreciate most about it is that it requires just 1 .js file, 1 accompanying .css file and just 1 onFocus call to invoke it.

It supports the US date format mm/dd/yyyy, but I could make changes in lines 258-260 and 147 to adapt it to the machine-friendly format of yyyy/mm/dd.

Quickly:

Here's the JS:
https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/Ztools/CalendarControl/CalendarControl.js

Here's the CSS:
https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/Ztools/CalendarControl/CalendarControl.css

Here's how your tag should look like:
<input name="any_name_for_date_field" onfocus="showCalendarControl(this);" type="text">

It took me 15 minutes to integrate into my app - try it. More info at:
https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECN/Support/Kno…