TinyMCE WYSIWYG Editor

At the moment, we’re using the widgEditor WYSIWYG script. It’s
pretty nice and standards compliant, but there are several problems.

  • Not particularly easy to extend; too spartan – missing some pretty essential features.
  • Doesn’t work in Firefox 1.5
  • Breaks the back button in Gecko browsers

I am therefore working on integrating the TinyMCE editor.
TinyMCE certainly isn’t simple nor small like widgeditor but it’s
relatively standard-compliant and powerful. I’m hoping that it’ll be
possible to work some magic and make it more standards compliant.

It
works in Firefox 1.5, doesn’t break the back button (this is a big
annoyance with widgEditor) and contains many of the features that a
proper blog/forum/community will likely to require. Also seems to have
been tested and developed more than widgEditor.

There are quite a
few people who still don’t like the concept of WYSIWYG editors on the
web. I was never a big fan of them either but I’m convinced that having
a WYSIWYG editor greatly improves usability especially for those who
are less experienced with bulletin boards and markup languages. It’d be
nice if some day browsers could just have a built in and easy to use
HTML editing component – ideally through use of a simple HTML tag. Hint, hint….

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