[wp-hackers] Text Flow Again (Was: Let's whip WYSIWYG)

Michel Fortin michel.fortin at michelf.com
Tue Jun 14 11:19:45 GMT 2005

Matt Mullenweg wrote:

> Feel free to submit requests for additional filters or actions on the 
> bug tracker, these are almost always implemented.

It isn't as easy as it seems. To make things less abstract, I think the 
problem can be summarized this way:

Q: Where can I put a Custom-Syntax-To-HTML filter in the text filter 
chain so that it works properly?
A: Nowhere. Not "nowhere where there is a hook" but really "nowhere at 

This is a *design* issue; adding new filter hooks won't help much. What 
is needed is a change to the default WordPress text flow, in the order 
filters are run and the way some filters work to accomodate the new 
text flow. I thought this was pretty obvious from [my weblog entry 
about this][1] and [what I said before on this list][2].

Understanding and documenting the problem already took me much time and 
effort. Without a clear commitment to understand and solve it, I won't 
waste more time in explanations. So I ask: Is there someone willing to 
rethink the entire text flow in order to address this issue?

  [2]: http://textdrive.com/pipermail/wp-hackers/2005-June/001229.html

Jeff Minard wrote:

> Probably because there are better options out there now:
>  - http://dev.wp-plugins.org/wiki/TextControl

I agree, Text Control way better than the Markdown plugin alone. But it 
also has the same issues Markdown had prior all the "patch" work I have 

Michel Fortin
michel.fortin at michelf.com

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