I’ve implemented a local fancier version of “Elements/ShowUserVerbose” -
one that shows the username but then has a tooltip attached to it that
shows more info about the user when you hover over it.
This worked fine initially but then I noticed a problem - the "ShowUser"
element is used in multiple contexts. For example, it’s also used in
Elements/SelectUsers to generate the options in a multiple select. In
this situation I just want a simple name and my override mucks things
I can think of two solutions to this so I thought I’d canvas people as
to which would be the more likely to be adopted upstream if I provided a
A) Introduce a “ShowUserFancy” element which is used in cases where
there is opportunity to enhance the HTML produced but who’s default
action is just to drop through to ShowUser (ie gives me a more specific
hook to override)
B) Add a “Context” parameter to the ShowUser calls so that I can tell if
it’s in the plain page or in a form element etc. (ie gives me the
necessary info in my override to make a formatting decision)
C) Abandon my attempt to do fancy things
Which would people prefer?
Any whilst I’m on the subject, I noticed a few places where a username
was rendered directly rather than through ShowUser; the most obvious of
these is in the title part of each transaction of a ticket; is there
any reason why this shouldn’t go through the component too? It’s one of
the places I’d like to hook my fancy popup into.
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