[pmwiki-users] Javascript to require "Summary" for changes

Karl Schilke schilkek at onid.orst.edu
Fri Apr 24 12:17:30 CDT 2009

I have to assume I'm not alone in that I constantly forget to enter a  
Summary statement when I make edits on our PmWiki. I use RCS and CVS  
religiously, and I suppose I got spoiled by being explicitly prompted  
to enter a comment. I've tried the RequireSummary cookbook, but the  
HTML error message gets mixed up with the GUIbuttons in my skin, so  
it's not immediately obvious why the edit wasn't accepted.

Is there a simple way to add a Javascript pop-up if the Summary field  
is blank? It could just display a message ("You must include a Summary  
for this change") and deny the edit. Better yet, it could request the  
summary text, insert it into the proper field, and then finish the  

I'm a kernel and perl programmer, so I don't know much about  
Javascript or I'd do this myself. Does anyone have such a thing  
already coded?


     -Karl Schilke, Oregon State University

"Every complex problem has a solution that is simple, direct,
plausible and wrong." -H.L. Mencken

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