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Message Formatting Options in Cwtch 1.7
Tone is important, and when writing it is often hard to convey tone without additional modifiers. Communication tools have developed many standards over the years for marking-up text with additional context the most common of these used today being markdown, and related variants.
A task I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while is bringing this very useful context tool into Cwtch and this week I finally found some time to write an initial implementation.
Cwtch 1.7 will feature a Message Formatting experiment option which, when enabled, will render certain text markup in conversation windows.
For the 1.7 release messages will support the following initial syntax, which is effectively markdown plus a few extensions:
**bold**which will render bold
*italic*which will render italic
`code`which will render
^superscript^which will render superscript
_subscript_which will render subscript
~~strikthrough~~which will render
Aside from the typical formatters I am also very interested other ways to convey context around communication. One I am particularly interested in is spoiler tags / content warnings which will hide part of a message until interacted with.
That kind of feature requires more work and integration, but is definitely achievable.
Other potentially future formatting options include: pre-customized replies (e.g. for automatic bot polling) which would replace words with interactable widgets which would prefill sent text, and cross-channel links which would allow binding e.g. a list item in a chat message with a list item in an associated list channel.
If you have any ideas for formatting options you would like to see in future Cwtch versions then please get in touch!
If you have been testing Cwtch on Android and have run into stability issues then please reach out to Dan - we have new nightlies (see above) that might fix some observed issues, but we are interested in getting more detailed logs from people to track down the remainder.
From time to time people talk about Cwtch on the Internet, and we like to feature them here!
- Element vs Cwtch : de la confidentialité à l’anonymat - Discusses Cwtch in the context of privacy and anonymity, and in comparison to the matrix.org client Element.
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Sarah Jamie Lewis
Executive Director, Open Privacy Research Society