WYSIWYG Articles and Comments
This is half baked, but I’m going to roll it out and try to live with it. Articles and comments will now use a WYSIWYG interface for styling. I hope to remove the How do I insert-a-link/bold/blockquote? type of questions that interrupt people’s thought process when posting in a new venue.
The downsides are many:
- This uses the
execCommand()was probably designed by children and is functionally incomplete and inadequately specified. It promises to be a festering source of browser quirks and user bafflement for years to come.
- The HTML sanitizer will need to normalize as well to unquirk the postings.
- I need to also support a raw HTML mode for people with odd browsers.
- I will need to make decisions about copying in images and possibly resizing.
- I will probably need onscreen hinting ofsome sort to let people know how design mode works, e.g. They can drag in links and images.
- I will probably screw up and butcher comments at least several times.
But… what would life be without a little excitement, so here we go.
Ok, comments seem to be at least minimally functional with the new editor code in Safari.
- Switch new post editing over to the new style.
- Make sure I didn't break Firefox.
- Patch things up so IE works.
- Make a safe fallback to HTML for browsers without designMode.