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For example, the Tavern on the chatroom list:

Tavern

The description is actually longer:

Here we have our fill of bread and wine, and then tell of tales of other times we've had our fill of bread and wine.

Showing an ellipses would make it obvious that there's more.

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I totally agree and would really like to do this, but since there's no way to know if and how much of the text is truncated until your browser actually renders it.

So this would have to be done client-side via JavaScript. I can think of a few solutions, but I don't know if any of them is feasible. But we'll think about it.

Also note that the full description is available via tooltip.

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Also note that the same is true for room names, user names, and user "about" texts. –  balpha Sep 18 '10 at 20:41
    
Thanks. "Also note that the full description is available via tooltip." Doesn't work for me in Firefox (in fact I thought about including that in my suggestion, but was going to post that as a separate one). What do you have to have to hover over for it to show? –  Gelatin Sep 18 '10 at 20:54
    
@Simon I'm on mobile right now, so can't check -- I thought the tooltip was there; if it's not, that's an easy fix :) –  balpha Sep 18 '10 at 21:06
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@balpha: I'm pretty confident that you are very much aware of this, but I'll post it anyway, if only for other developers who aren't: JavaScript is not the only option. There's text-overflow: ellipsis for IE, -o-text-overflow: ellipsis for Opera and the -moz-binding workaround for Firefox. See e.g. this question over at SO. –  ЯegDwight Sep 18 '10 at 21:25
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@RegDwight, @balpha - Safari also supports text-overflow; Firefox is the only holdout. This SO question is also useful: How can I mimic text-overflow: ellipsis in Firefox?. And of course, there's a jQuery plugin. –  Dori Sep 18 '10 at 22:41
    
thanks @reg -- I was hoping that there's something, but didn't know any specifics, so thanks for the pointers! –  balpha Sep 19 '10 at 8:43
    
and @simon, the tooltips are fixed now –  balpha Sep 19 '10 at 8:52
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@Dori of course!, there's a jQuery plugin :) –  balpha Sep 19 '10 at 8:53
    
@balpha: Thanks –  Gelatin Sep 19 '10 at 12:10
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