Labels: Type-Defect Priority-Medium
New issue 3898 by buck.a...@gmail.com: "Enable Markdown" checkbox isn't
reset when RBTools uploads a new plaintext change description
What version are you running?
RBTools 0.7.4 (also reproduces with RBTools 0.5.2)
What's the URL of the page containing the problem?
What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. In your ReviewBoard account settings, uncheck "Always use Markdown for
text fields" and save the settings.
2. Post (but do not publish) a new review using command-line RBTools,
including a description.
3. Check the "Enable Markdown" box on the review description. Press "OK".
4. Publish the review.
5. Post a new revision of the review using command-line RBTools, including
an updated description.
6. View the review description. Note that even though the description was
updated by RBTools, the "Enable Markdown" checkbox is still checked.
What is the expected output? What do you see instead?
The "Enable Markdown" checkbox should have been reset to unchecked to match
the user's profile settings and type of the uploaded text.
What operating system are you using? What browser?
Please provide any additional information below.
"Always use Markdown for text fields" seems to determine the initial state
of the "Enable Markdown" checkbox on text fields but doesn't do anything
beyond that. In this case, I was attempting to disable it to avoid
ReviewBoard's behavior of escaping Markdown found in uploaded change
descriptions. It might be better to instead:
"Always use Markdown for text fields": This option should behave as it
already does (i.e. set the initial state of the "Enable Markdown" checkbox
on text fields).
Add an additional "Convert non-Markdown review descriptions to Markdown"
(enable Markdown escaping) sub-option below "Always use Markdown for text
Any time a change description is uploaded by RBTools to the server, do the
1) If the change description is Markdown (i.e. `--markdown` was passed to
`rbt post`), check the "Enable Markdown" checkbox and update the
description with the verbatim text received.
2) If the change description is plain text and the "Convert non-Markdown
review descriptions to Markdown" option is enabled, perform Markdown
escaping on the change description, check the "Enable Markdown" checkbox
and update the description with the escaped text.
3) If the change description is plain text and the "Convert non-Markdown
review descriptions to Markdown" option is not enabled, uncheck the "Enable
Markdown" checkbox and update the description with the verbatim text
This allows authoring Markdown descriptions without having to explicitly
specify `--markdown` to `rbt post`, and also allows users to disable
Markdown conversion/escaping entirely. It also ensures that the "Enable
Markdown" option on the Description field always matches the actual type of
the text uploaded by RBTools (or at least what type RBTools thinks it is).
If you don't want to add a new option to toggle conversion, then I'd still
like to see the state of the "Enable Markdown" checkbox clobbered by the
text type of newly uploaded descriptions. It makes no sense to preserve the
existing type when the text is being replaced entirely by `rbt post`. Since
RBTools already tells the server the type, it shouldn't be using the user's
settings to infer what they want instead of setting the checkbox to the
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