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Arit Developer for The DEV Team

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Feature update: Rich Content Embeds

Hello DEV Community!

I'm excited to announce a significant improvement in how we embed rich content (such as Tweets and Youtube videos) in Forem posts and comments.๐ŸŽ‰

Now, you need just the embed keyword and the complete URL of the resource:

{% embed https://... %}
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Prior to this change, we embedded rich content by using keywords specific to the type of embed being created. For example, to embed a GitHub repository, we would use the github keyword and the slug to the repository:

{% github forem/forem %}
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With our new approach, all you need is the complete URL to the repository:

{% embed https://github.com/forem/forem %}
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Our Editor's Guide contains a list of supported content types. Note that embeds that were created using the former approach will still work for now. Eventually, the former approach will be deprecated.

Do jump in and try this new rich-content embed approach out! Please report any bugs you may encounter - thanks!


Originally published on Forem.dev.

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Michael Tharrington (he/him) • Edited on

In celebration of this update, I'm gonna embed a couple things here:

SPOILER ALERT

So siked for this feature. Thanks for spoiling us with these awesome embeds.

And I've been really digging this song this AM. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘‡

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๐Ÿšฉ Atul Prajapati ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

oh you just tested this new feature :)

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Ben Halpern

Arit, you crushed this.

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Arit Developer Author

Thank you Ben!

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Andy Piper

Do the new embeds have a way to hide the GitHub README to make the embed more compact? In the other Liquid format, it worked to add noreadme to the tag.

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Arit Developer Author

Thank you Andy. Would you please open a ticket for this?

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Andy Piper

Issue #16673 ๐Ÿ‘

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Andy Piper

Cool! Thanks for the update! Will we need to update any older content (since the former approach will be deprecated in the future), or will that be handled for us?

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Arit Developer Author

Youโ€™re welcome Andy!

Great question! While we have not decided, we will most probably handle the updates of v1 embeds ourselves.

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RolandiXor (Roland L. Taylor)

Very handy! Thanks!

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Siddharth

Wait โ€“ I already found a bug lol

{% embed https://google.com/ %} doesnt seem to work

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Arit Developer Author • Edited on

Hello @siddharthshyniben, the link you used is not currently supported.

You can find a list of currently supported embeds here: dev.to/p/editor_guide#liquidtags

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Thomas Bnt

Ooooh coooool ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

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metacollective

Hey Arit,

This is brilliant! Thanks for letting us know. Now, all I have to do is find a way to get it into my next post ;)

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Kevin Costa

Thanks for the information!

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GWigWam

But what does this mean for user privacy? Won't this enable these companies to do cross-site tracking?

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Jeremy Friesen

At present, the only embeds you can use are the previous embeds; we've just squashed them into a unified syntax. So this has been a privacy neutral change.

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John Lewis

are we going to be reading about this as a security vulnerability in a few months?

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Jeremy Friesen

What are you seeing as the possible security vulnerability?

At present, the only embeds you can use are the previous embeds. The thing that's changed is you don't need to recall which service you're embedding. We're also working on a fallback (e.g. which would be "render the A-tag you provided" but perhaps more)

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