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Troubleshooting

Fix of problems with stock activeCollab we think are useful.

How to add table support in the text editor (tinyMCE)

Many requests have been made asking for adding table support in the text editor:

http://www.activecollab.com/forums/topic/6364/
http://www.activecollab.com/forums/topic/7530/
http://www.activecollab.com/forums/topic/5341/

But due to some unknown reason A51 never enabled table support comes with tinyMCE. Now, please allow me roll out an un-official way of enabling the long lost table button (bonus: font color picker button as well) in activeCollab's text editor.

1. Install the tinyMCE table plugin

Download the table plugin zip I pulled from official tinyMCE 3.4.1 repository. Extract/upload the table folder into /public/assets/javascript/tinymce/plugins

2. Edit /public/assets/javascript/tinymce/tiny_mce_init.js to enable the table button (as well as the font color picker button).

Step 1: add ",table" in the end of the plugins attribute.

Step 2: enable the buttons

In the theme_advanced_buttons1 attribute line, add forecolor and table into anywhere you like.

Step 3: allow tinyMCE to preserve table related html tags.

Add the following lines in the valid_elements attribute.
"-table[border=0|cellspacing|cellpadding|width|frame|rules|" +
"height|align|summary|bgcolor|background|bordercolor|style],-tr[rowspan|width|" +
"height|align|valign|bgcolor|background|bordercolor|style],tbody,thead,tfoot," +
"#td[colspan|rowspan|width|height|align|valign|bgcolor|background|bordercolor" +
"|scope|style],#th[colspan|rowspan|width|height|align|valign|scope|style]," +

3. Edit global.css to remove border resetter

At this point you should be able to add/edit table. But when you display a table, you will find the table border isn't there. That's because activeCollab's global.css removes all borders inside a table. We need to get these back.

Edit /public/assets/stylesheets/global.css and remove the following line.

So it will look like this

4. Bingo! Clear your browser cache and start use your fresh-new editor.

Project exporting can not finish

We observed the exporting process sometimes stuck on the system item. Firebug reports "missing ] after element list".

Apparently it's caused by eval('response_obj = '+response);

In /public/assets/modules/project_exporter/javascript/main.js

The variable response is already an object and this eval will fail.

Solution:
replace with this line with var response_obj = response;

Also, the finalize step will fail too:

if (compress_output && !warning_exists(response_obj.log))

will report response_obj is not an object.

Solution:

In the same file, replace with if (compress_output && (response_obj==undefined || !warning_exists(response_obj.log)))

Print preview auto on

This issue was reported by many of my clients. After a recent Chrome update, all of a sudden they are seeing print preview automatically triggered on every page in their activeCollab.

This issue is officially solved in a emergent 2.3.5 release. If you do not want to upgrade, or your support expired. You can still find out how to fix it on your own. It is well discussed in activeCollab's forum.

Affecting browser: Chrome 13 and up
Affecting activeCollab: 2.3.4 and earlier.