[wp-hackers] Let's whip WYSIWYG

Matt Mullenweg m at mullenweg.com
Mon Jun 13 20:54:49 GMT 2005

At its heart WordPress is a writing application. I think much of the 
project's success can be attributed to the fact that it does a fairly 
good job at getting out of your way and letting user's focus on creating 
and editing their content.

Their are two notable gaps in WordPress here: WYSIWYG support, 
auto-save, and spell checking. There are plugins for both of these, but 
they tend to not integrate as well as they could and the spelling 
checkers aren't usually compatible with the rich editors.

The first step is deciding on a WYSIWYG editor, since that's the 
foundation we're going to have to work with for spelling and auto-save. 
I've started a list of the open source ones I could find here:


Feel free to expand the list. We can also capture the discussion from 
this list to that page for later reference.

My out-of-the-box favorite is WidgEditor, but it seems to have a lot of 
bugs left to work out. The most active seems to be FCKeditor.

Matt Mullenweg
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