i think the time is now for a real-time text box in RR
i was working on my email plugin trying to figure a way to use a custom list as the message body so that it could be scrolled. This resulted in a HUGE level of frustration because there is no perfect way to display a standard sentence structure in a custom list. Therefore i went off looking for an element to add to rr that would allow a "label-like" appearance and structure with the "scroll-ability" of custom lists. I found a vb6 component called "real-time text box". In my limited testing it appears its just what to doctor ordered for things like email messages, descriptions, lyrics.. and more. Basically it appears on screen like a label... transparent background and all, but upon clicking the skin defined area for the text-box (TB) you can type using an external keyboard and see the text box update in real time (just the same way when posting a thread here for example). I can also take RR variables and set them as default text in the (TB), then click the (TB) and modify its contents and save a new variable or update the existing one. Commands like SELTB and SETTB would of course be added. The (TB) wraps text and preserves whatever format you apply likes returns and tabs. I personally think this is a VITAL addition to my movietimes and email plugins and i can see it being used in other peoples skins as well.
So i guess my question is... should i release this as a standalone or simply add it to my plugins? i think should i release it standalone i would first make it its own plugin for users to test before adding it to the rr source. This would ensure i could get all the bugs out before submitting to guino. What do you guys think?