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TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

Sunday, July 1, 2007
10 years ago5,070 views

INCLUDE_presentations doesn't work? :-D
Good pick Tony!

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Heh. Sadly not. That's what I was actually looking for... ;-)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Do you know what INCLUDE_TABLE_OF_CONTENTS is for? I see nothing change with that parameter set to true.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Neat hack.

So that might mean they pay/ plan to pay licensing fees to Merriam Webster, right... (hmm, can Google *acquire* Merriam Webster or a similar company? It seems it's so close to the "organizing information" mantra...)

They don't pay Answer.com for the current link from the SERPs, but in this case, they're doing more than linking by including the information right with Google Docs...
On a sidenote I think Answer.com's definition (from the American Heritage Dictionary) are easier to read... at least going by the "digging" example.

David Hetfield [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Yeah that's a cool hack Tony.
Thanks :)

Shankar Ganesh [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

Hey! This is cool, thanks :-)

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

<< Do you know what INCLUDE_TABLE_OF_CONTENTS is for? >>

No. I tried that too but didn't see any changes. I suspect it may change a setting used somewhere else.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

It's for including a table of contents in a document, like in Microsoft Word. Hopefully they'll also add pagination.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Ionut, I'm guessing that's what it's for but couldn't see any evidence to support that. Could you?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

[Post edit: I've just updated the dictionary definition image as I realised it showed the definition for "digging" rather than "Google".]

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

No, but it's pretty obvious. Even Zoho has it: blogs.zoho.com/writer/add-tabl ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Of course. Take a look at this message:

var MSG_TOC_NEED_HEADERS="A table of documents cannot be generated for documents that do not use the Header paragraph styles.";

[I'm guessing that should say "table of contents" instead.]

From: docs.google.com/Localizer?f=Al ...

Which is exactly how Word does it but I don't see any Header paragraph styles available in Google Docs. If we could switch them on first, setting that flag might work.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Click on the Style button in the toolbar.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

>> Click on the Style button in the toolbar.

Ah yes. Of course... ;-) I actually added some by editing the HTML.

Also, all the TOC functions in docs.google.com/javascript/Edi ... give clues as to how they're going to do this. Unfortunately, for those functions to be defined, INCLUDE_TABLE_OF_CONTENTS needs to be true on page load.

GT Staff [PersonRank 1]

10 years ago #

Hey this is a very neat hack.

Good find Tony. Dictionary and thesaurus features would surely add more value to value of Docs. So to raise a similar point to Philip's, I'm sure a licensing deal is the works (are most probably already sealed) between Google and Merriam Webster. I don't know how much licensing opportunities Merriam has besides their core products (print), but this sure puts a little happy note on its future amidst the Wikipedia onslaught. ;).

Judging on the raw presentation of the information though, this looks like a work in progress.

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Bah, if you can't wait to have this feature permanently...
googlified.com/files/scripts/g ...

GreaseMonkey required.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greasemo ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

cool :)

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Nice find...it sounds like it's only a matter of time before Tony finds the "INCLUDE_GDRIVE_SERVICE=1" parameter on the Google homepage :P

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Google's actually inline framing the M-W dictionary pages... Not parsing through their servers, so it's probably your browser/computer having problem with the interpunct (middle dot).

www2.merriam-webster.com/cgi-b ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

<< ... it's probably your browser/computer having problem with the interpunct ... >>

Weird. It still wasn't working in either Internet Explorer and Firefox until I viewed the page merriam-webster.com on its own. Now FF works fine but IE still doesn't display it properly inline. Did it work fine for you the first time you viewed it inline?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

Aha. I've posted an update about this. It seems that Google uses UTF-8 encoding whereas the Merriam-Webster frame could be using Windows-1252.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

It's not Tony's browser or computer that's the issue – Merriam-Webster's page contains a character encoding bug, as they don't send a character encoding HTTP header (nor do they have the encoding specified in the meta declaration):

> HTTP/1.1 200 OK
> Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 20:42:42 GMT
> Server: Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) mod_perl/1.29
> Connection: close
> Content-Type: text/html
webrankinfo.com/english/tools/ ...
www2.merriam-webster.com/cgi-b ...

This means the browser can now take an educated guess, but basically decide on whatever it wants in regards to an encoding, and it's usually Firefox's style to take the last encoding of the page that links to the "encoding-deprived" page. In this case, that might be UTF-8, whereas Merriam-Webster's pages are perhaps originally stored (not actually presented) in ISO-8859-1 (which seems to be compatible with the Windows-1252 fallback Firefox picks at other times – this pick is what you'll see when you right-click the page you're on and select "view page info"). The "educated guessing" of encodings make these things always flaky to reproduce; it might also be triggered by different characters the browsers finds at the beginning of a page.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

10 years ago #

How do you find these???

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