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#1 2015-10-15 16:26:56

michaelkpate
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Improved Text Editor Capability

In 2005, this was suggested.

davidm wrote #86694:

Even with Textile and quicktags (which I love ! Thanks Hakjoon and Mary), decent WYSIWYG editor are still being often discussed on these forums. Most of us have encountered resistance from some of our clients, who want WYSIWYG no matter what.

Even if some are better than other, browser compatiblity and tag soup markup are still plaguing those editor… A path toward innovation and maybe reconciliation with WYSIWYGs is AJAX. Forget the hype, the web 2.0 stuff let’s just say it can be helpful at times.

But enough talking, here is what brought me here : a demo of an AJAX based WYSIWYG editor.

I don’t know what it’s worth, if it can be used for textpattern, but it sure looks good from a user’s point of view… what’s your take on this ? Let’s push it a little : could we build a Textile AJAX editor with WYSIWYG ??? That would be awesome…

I think things have progressed a bit since Web 2.0. And since it has a nearly hijacked a different thread, why don’t we discuss it here?

Thoughts and Suggestions are welcome – But as always it will be up to the development team (unless someone submits a really nice patch) what the final choice is.

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#2 2015-10-15 16:32:29

philwareham
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

I’m going to see if the author of SimpleMDE would be interested in adding Textile support, since I like the script and the licence is MIT (which is fully compatible with our GPLv2 licence).

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#3 2015-10-15 16:50:00

michaelkpate
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

philwareham wrote #295815:

I’m going to see if the author of SimpleMDE would be interested in adding Textile support, since I like the script and the licence is MIT (which is fully compatible with our GPLv2 licence).

If you like it, I like it. It will be interesting to see how he responds – because he seems to be a really big Markdown fan.

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#4 2015-10-15 16:53:27

NicolasGraph
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

philwareham wrote #295815:

I’m going to see if the author of SimpleMDE would be interested in adding Textile support.

Thank you for that! SimpleMDE looks great.


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#5 2015-10-15 17:31:22

hcgtv
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

philwareham wrote #295815:

I’m going to see if the author of SimpleMDE would be interested in adding Textile support, since I like the script and the licence is MIT (which is fully compatible with our GPLv2 licence).

Since it uses CodeMirror, which already does Textile, it’s not a stretch to use SimpleMDE and create SimpleTXP.

Also see, Codemirror plugin and textile bar, MarcoK is ahead of us.

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#6 2015-10-15 20:55:58

GugUser
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

What is with rah_textile_bar (and what is with Gocom ;-) )?

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#7 2015-10-15 21:13:48

Bloke
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

hcgtv wrote #295820:

Since it uses CodeMirror

Just as an aside, I tried to integrate CodeMirror (and other) syntax highlighters in the Plugin composer. Didn’t end well. Despite the docs claiming you “just” need to add a class to the relevant textarea and CodeMirror would do the rest, it ended up blanking out the code box or generating script errors on the admin tab for large plugins. Things might have changed since 20xx when I tried it of course. But I also noted back then that it was a) big, and b) slow to render.

Although I forget which one, I know mrdale uses some kind of syntax highlighter on his sites (for Forms/Pages, not necessarily content-based markup as being discussed here) and I find it the single most annoying thing in existence to edit under. Apart from the slowness of waiting for it to render the page all the way from Seattle, WA to Leeds, UK and then jolting as it swaps out the textarea and redraws the screen, the indentation scheme alone is like having to wear a jumper your grandma knitted for your birthday. In summer. It irritates me like crazy.

Anyway, back on track, any textile markup scheme we consider needs to:

  1. Have little or no impact on the speed of the admin side. Nimble and zippy are order of the day, even over long distances.
  2. Be extensible: if we can hook into its API and extend that to plugin authors then anyone can alter the default bar to offer their own mix of functionality.
  3. Offer a suite of markup languages (not necessarily out of the box, but have the ability to do so). From 4.6.0 we allow you to install your own markup system of choice and select it for editing. So, cf. the above point regarding extensibility: abc_markdown, for example, might add Markdown support to all articles, and it’d be bloody terrific if it could hook into a markup bar callback at the same time and serve up a config file for Markdown support, using the core’s chosen markup tool for rendering it.
  4. Offer a preview ability. Although this may not be of use to some, having the ability to see how your content will render — albeit not in the context of the site — is something the core or a plugin could offer. We have the HTML view and other icons nearby that are begging to be reworked. There’s not much point having it render stuff with your template code on the back-end (might as well just refresh the site or use the View button for that) so any txp:tags you embed in the article body will render verbatim, but as a self-contained quick check it’d be a nice thing to have, even if core doesn’t offer it directly on day one.
  5. Be compatible with our licence.

For my money (i.e. gratis, except for a nod back to the author’s site in the docs) MarkItUp is the clear winner so far. From what I can tell (and I haven’t tried to integrate it yet so I may have missed something) it ticks every box above, and then some. And it has natty shortcut keys too so, for Textile, you can select a chunk of text and hit CTRL-b to bold it, CTRL-i to italicise, hit CTRL-2 to get an h2. and so forth. So any LIbreOffice or Word users can just do whatever shortcuts they always have done or use the icons. And you can write functions for it to do whatever the hell you like, all configurable from a JSON document. And it has a tiny base file so it’s quick.

Be interesting to see what SimpleMDE can bring to the deal, but it’d have to be pretty special (or MarkItUp would have to have a serious flaw I’ve yet to discover) for it to be knocked from my top spot at present.


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#8 2015-10-15 21:37:26

hcgtv
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

Bloke wrote #295825:

For my money (i.e. gratis, except for a nod back to the author’s site in the docs) MarkItUp is the clear winner so far. From what I can tell (and I haven’t tried to integrate it yet so I may have missed something) it ticks every box above, and then some.

We have a plugin that uses MarkItUp, made by Petri Ikonen.

And we got funds, let’s go shopping, it’s only $6 ;)

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#9 2015-10-15 21:53:57

Bloke
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

hcgtv wrote #295826:

We have a plugin that uses MarkItUp, made by Petri Ikonen.

Absolutely. A plugin is perfect for this kind of thing. I only mentioned my preference in case it’s deemed appropriate to include some kind of editing bar in core that plugins could extend and offer InsertMarkUpLanguageOfChoice.

One argument for it is that it helps new users get over the Textile learning hump. And I’d much rather have a bar that helped people write a simplified markup system of any denomination than one which writes HTML directly. I don’t think I’ve found one that writes decent HTML yet and allows hassle-free editing after the fact (though maybe I’ve not looked hard enough). Baffles me how TinyMCE is so popular.


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#10 2015-10-15 22:26:18

hcgtv
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Re: Improved Text Editor Capability

Bloke wrote #295827:

One argument for it is that it helps new users get over the Textile learning hump.

Totally agree, we messed around with WYSIWYG editors years ago, hakjoon and mrdale were involved. Back then it was slow, nowadays, things are looking brighter, leaner code bases.

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