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Re: Browser-based WYSIWYG editors
Toby A Inkster wrote:
You are not as technically challenged as the average user, so you see
things a bit differently.
It's not very robust, but is adequate for some uses. How does one assign
a class selector to an image so it will float:right? How does one insert
a data table? A multi-level list? This basic of a tool isn't always enough.
Some regular expressions server-side can clean most, if not all, of this
up. Cleanse the code before it gets stored in the database.
Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to use it. Disable
what you prefer. If the editor was implemented correctly, this should be
As for speed, a broadband connection and a reasonably fast PC are
preferable for a lot of reasons these days. This is one.
Using tools like this for an enterprise where you can dictate practices
and provide adequate on-site training is great, but for regular Joe User
1000 miles away, this is a hard sell. If they have to learn special mark
up code, they might as well just learn HTML. One is likely to be just as
easy (or hard) for them to learn as the other.
If you're comfortable coding HTML, you don't need such a tool.
Most people who need an editor tool don't even know what Usenet is, let
alone how to format plain text messages. They use HTML email, so that's
what they know. Tools like FCK and TinyMCE give them familiar controls
so the learning curve is short.
I don't know about FCK, but TinyMCE is quite extensible and
customizable, too. You can be very specific about which elements are
permitted, and which attributes for each element. Disable all the
toolbar items and elements you don't want, and write your own plug-ins
for even more customizing. It's pretty easy once you understand how it
all works together.