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The Traveller's Reference
Version: 2.4.3-1.7
by: VagrantEsha [More]
The Traveller's Reference: A DataBroker Plugin

The Traveller's Reference is an easy to use guide to provide you with information about the current zone you're in, and pointers to other places you could go. This mod is also a DataBroker plugin, which means there are many ways in which you can display this information (see the section below for DataBroker information).

Here's the bulleted feature list.

The information display (see screenshot):

- Shows the zone you're currently in and the level-range of that zone is shown.
- The display style can be toggled between two modes via alt + click.
- Long display: Shows the zone, sub-zone in brackets, then the level-range.
- Short display: Shows the sub-zone if present, otherwise the zone, then the level-range.
- Shift + clicking the display will toggle showing the range.
- Control + clicking the display toggles plugin-dragging mode*.
- Clicking the display opens/closes the World Map.

* When in this mode, the tooltip is mode small and most click based operations are disabled. This is in order to make the plugin easier to drag into position.

The tooltip (see screenshot):

- A list of neighbouring zones (zones that border the one you're currently in).
- A list of instances within your level-range.
- A list of zones within your level-range.
- The level-ranges are colour-coded so they can be easily recognised at a glance.
- Holding shift makes the tooltip small, for ease of movement.

Credits

I'd like to thank Beoko, I helped work on his Navigator plugin and I learned a lot from doing so, some of that is present in The Traveller's Reference. Navigator was instrumental in helping me set foot down the road of DataBroker plugin creation in general, too. So really, kudos to him. Check out his Navigator mod!

What is DataBroker?

DataBroker is part of a system that's similar to FuBar and its plugins, what you have here is a plugin but you'll also need something to display the output of the plugin. You have many options for this, and I've listed a number of them below for your perusal, just pick the one that interests you the most.

- Fortress: http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info10401-Fortress.html
- ButtonBin: http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info10474-ButtonBin.html
- StatBlockCore: http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info9221-StatBlockCore.html
- MakeRocketGoNow: http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info9771-MakeRocketGoNow.html
- Carousel: http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info10295-Carousel.html
- Titan: http://www.wowinterface.com/downloads/info8092-TitanPanel.html

If you want further information, that nice feller tekkub has put together some information on his wiki. And it's good information too, information that you should probably read if you're just getting into DataBroker plugins. (Not to mention that poor old tek puts these pages together and not many people seem to read them, so I thought I'd do my part to help remedy that situation. )

http://github.com/tekkub/libdatabroker-1-1/wikis
2.4.3-1.7

- Previously, for areas that didn't require a level range (such as a city), The Traveller's Reference would report 0-0 as the range. This has been changed. It now reports 1-70 as the range, which is more apt (and 1-80 in Wrath).

2.4.3-1.6

- The colour has been removed from the toc name, as this caused issues with alphabetical categorisation.

2.4.3-1.5

- I've got a new direction with the tooltips, it took me a while to decide on this. It was discussed with a few people too and it was generally and mutually decided that the new direction I'm taking them in is better. So this is the New Unification of Tooltip Styles for my plugins. NUTS v1! I'm pretty much going to model all my DataBroker plugins after this layout, to try to keep them as easy to understand at a glance as possible. The basic idea is: Keybinds at the bottom, the most important information at the top, and all the straggler-lines cushioned in the middle. Credit where credit is due, too; this all started because of a suggestion by Nyte, so kudos for Nyte for giving me reason to think about all this! This is far too long for a changelog update, I know... but necessary!
- I've corrected the toc-version, I am scared and confused by toc-versions.

2.4.3-1.4

- Redid the tooltip a little, the line explaining what the columns are has been removed (it was redundant anyway and looked out of place), and the line stating what the level range of the current zone is has been moved below the keybinds.

2.4.3-1.3

- Shift + Click will now toggle showing the range on the information display.
- Control + Click will toggle plugin-dragging mode, which makes the tooltip much smaller and disables most click-based functionality in order to make the plugin easier to drag.
- A new settings system is in place, so your setting for the zone/sub-zone display style will be lost, sorry. No further changes of this type should be necessary though, I'd hope.

2.4.3-1.2

- I realised the first square bracket was misbehaving with its colour too. Bugger. Fixed that aswell.

2.4.3-1.1

- Fixed the last bracket in the information display being oddly coloured. Thanks to OttoDeFe for the heads-up.

2.4.3-1.0

- First release on WoWI.
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Old 02-17-10, 07:37 PM  
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So it sort of still works... except Northrend is all considered 1-80. Can we get a fix for that please?
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Old 03-31-09, 07:53 AM  
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The actual Traveller's Reverence itself is still working nicely as-is - thanks for that.
The only two things I've done to mine as well are: adding an IsShiftKeyDown() conditional (at line 46 ending at line 92) to show the tooltip only when i hold the shift key while mousing over the LDB entry - and updating the libraries (Embeds) (and including them with an embeds.xml - no real difference though, just liked messing around a bit ).
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Old 03-30-09, 06:18 AM  
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I've got a version of this myself that works in Northrend, atleast it does with TitanPanel anyway.

All I've really done is update the embdedded libraries to the latest versions. No idea how accurate the information is, but atleast it works.

I can upload it if any others do want it.
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Old 01-12-09, 06:37 PM  
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Question Alive?

Is this plugin alive? It's really handy so I hope the author updates it

Just in case it's not completely dead I'd really appreciate a click key combo to open Atlas *hopeful*
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Old 01-11-09, 09:39 PM  
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Would it be possible to put a key modifier on the tooltip??

Say maybe a Shift+Mouseover ... or even a "click to show tooltip"

I constantly mouse over the location and get the huge info window covering everything. Kinda annoying.


NM -- I added the code myself. Made it so Shift has to be held to show the tooltip.
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Old 12-03-08, 09:09 PM  
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3 months without a comment or update from the author - Northrend zones not included in the current version.
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Old 11-13-08, 12:12 AM  
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I'm curious, have you by chance tested this with Broker2FuBar? I checked briefly and it didn't seem to show up. I'll glance at your code tomorrow, but one of the things that tends to help is if you add type = "data source" to your LDB object. Like I said, I'll check tomorrow to see if that is the problem here. I'm actually still using FuBar (yes, yes, I know), but I love LDB plugins because they are so lightweight. Thanks!
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Old 09-26-08, 11:26 PM  
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couple of things

a few things i would like to see that were features in the fubar plugins that were similar to this addon:

-option to hide battlegrounds from recommended instances
-option to set how many levels you want to see below or above you. for example setting the level threshold to 3 on a lv 30 character would only show you zones and instances that are 27-33. on my lv 70 characters i only want to see zones/instances that are 67-70.

both of these would help to clean up the tooltip display for those of us that want to.
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Old 09-16-08, 08:01 AM  
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Small suggestion

how hard would it be to put the fishing skill for the zone in the dropdown box? I switched from locationFu to this and that seems to be the only real thing I miss.
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Old 09-13-08, 07:28 PM  
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Originally posted by VagrantEsha
I'll opt for the 1-70 (or 80, in Wrath) option, as that's the best choice aesthetically.



I actually listed them that way because it makes the tooltip look the nicest (shortest to longest), but I'll consider this.
Or, you could make it display "City". Aesthetically better than "None" and adequately (and implicitly) explains 1-70. Unless, of course, it's easier code-wise to display it numerically. Although, with future expansions, you'd have to update the max level range manually as it goes up (which I'm assuming it will), so the "City" option may be easiest in the long run.
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Old 08-28-08, 11:32 AM  
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Originally posted by VagrantEsha
I actually listed them that way because it makes the tooltip look the nicest (shortest to longest)
When I doublechecked the tooltip while composing the message, I noticed that and assumed that was why.

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Old 08-28-08, 10:52 AM  
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The first concerns the level range both on the button and in the tooltip. Currently, when you're in an area without a level range in the table, e.g., Stormwind, Dwarven District, "0-0" is displayed. Would you change this? One option would be to blank it on the button and return "None" on the tooltip; another option would be to return "0-70" in both places.
I'll opt for the 1-70 (or 80, in Wrath) option, as that's the best choice aesthetically.

The second suggestion concerns the keybindings listed in the tooltip. The current order is: Click, Alt-Click, Shift-Click, Ctrl-Click. I suggest rearranging them to Click, Shift-Click, Ctrl-Click, Alt-Click. Although a minor thing, I think listing them in the order in which the keys are on the keyboard makes the keystroke combination easier (and faster) to "find". (In the current order, I find myself looking for the keys.)
I actually listed them that way because it makes the tooltip look the nicest (shortest to longest), but I'll consider this.
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Old 08-28-08, 09:06 AM  
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May I make two more suggestions?

The first concerns the level range both on the button and in the tooltip. Currently, when you're in an area without a level range in the table, e.g., Stormwind, Dwarven District, "0-0" is displayed. Would you change this? One option would be to blank it on the button and return "None" on the tooltip; another option would be to return "0-70" in both places.

The second suggestion concerns the keybindings listed in the tooltip. The current order is: Click, Alt-Click, Shift-Click, Ctrl-Click. I suggest rearranging them to Click, Shift-Click, Ctrl-Click, Alt-Click. Although a minor thing, I think listing them in the order in which the keys are on the keyboard makes the keystroke combination easier (and faster) to "find". (In the current order, I find myself looking for the keys.)

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@Nyte

True.

But the thing is, the more I looked at the plugins I realised you were right. In fact, I already have a new look for the tooltips of the plugins waiting in the wings. I'll roll them out a little later, as soon as I have the new screenshots.
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Vagrant, they were just suggestions; the fact that you considered them is satisfaction enough.

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