[wp-hackers] Redactor WYSIWYG Editor for WP

Andrew Ozz admin at laptoptips.ca
Thu Aug 2 23:00:20 UTC 2012

On 02/08/2012 3:16 PM, Mike Schinkel wrote:
> Totally hypothetical question: Assuming they changed their license to
> be compatible with WordPress, would people in the WordPress community
> be willing to contribute to Redactor to improve on the limitations
> that you mention?

I don't know... Probably some will as it is nice. However considering 
the amount of work needed, not sure if that would be enough. Roughly it 
would take a good team of several full-time developers at least a year 
to bring it closer to TinyMCE.

Nearly all JS editors get off the ground fast by adding UI to the 
browsers built-in contentEditable functionality. Once there, most try to 
tackle few more tasks and stop. The next step requires a lot of work: 
creating APIs, dealing with tons of browser quirks, etc.

Currently there are several other editors at approximately the same 
stage. The problem is that a lot of the functionality for editing HTML 
should be in the browsers. It can be handles much better there than 
trying to extend the limited contentEditable mode with JS.

So unless the browser vendors decide to sit down and make and implement 
a nice specification for editing of HTML, don't see how this situation 
would change.

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