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Improved Visual Editor

  1. coolerchoice
    Member

    plugins are available but would be better if the visual editor was improved so we could do without adding extra plugins to get better functionality

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  2. Spencer Hill
    Member

    12345

    And the plugins that are available really don't get the job done anyway. Some of the biggest problems with the plugin are how it adds code in places it shouldn't.

    Google Docs visual editor is a perfect example of what a VE should be.

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  3. coaaa
    Member

    12345

    yeah, i completely agree! Editor needs so much more improving. jQuery, bigger buttons, more features...

    I want it to just be like any other popular editor, like ms word 2003 or smth. Sure, tinymce adds some options to it and thus making it closer to word, but it's not good enough and it's a plugin! I often struggle to make a post or a page like i want it to be displayed on my blog.

    I also want wp to display changes i made in a post or a page like they appear in editor. I don't want it to make an extra space here or there, or to give me 1 enter when i hit 2 enters. That stuff is driving me crazy!
    Not everyone like to use HTML editor for stuff like this...both visual and html editors are older than ancient egypt! :)

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  4. Evan Jacobs
    Member

    12345

    @Arleym - Check out the TinyMCE Advanced plugin. The newer versions of TinyMCE keep WordPress from stripping out the <p> tags via a setting in the plugin.

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  5. Spencer Hill
    Member

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    TinyMCE Advanced helps, but it's far from what is needed for the visual editor.

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  6. grabweb
    Member

    When, I have some work done in same post / page with using "TinyMCE Advanced" and click HTML button which is provided by WP no "TinyMCE Advanced" and after click back to TinyMCE Advanced" my page was *$&%^(*&$%8^#*&^.

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  7. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Administrator

    If you're using TinyMCE Advanced, it takes over that HTML button. So basically you have a problem with the plugin.

    Also we know that switching back and forth sucks. We tell people not to use it.

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  8. chrisrahe
    Member

    TinyMCE isn't bad, but it would really make my life easier (and more efficient) if just a few things could be added to the default editor..

    The first thing on my wishlist is <p> tags. It really drives me nuts how TinyMCE strips them all out and just goes by line breaks. To the non-techie (not that I'm a 'techie,' but I'm comfortable with HTML and CSS), it's probably not a problem, but I tend to build longer pages in Dreamweaver then copy and paste the code. This rarely goes without a hitch.

    Tables! If I'm building static HTML pages, I rarely use tables, but in a quick-and-dirty CMS environment, I sometimes just have to use a table - especially when other other people, with no HTML experience, will have to create and edit content.

    Anchor tags. Again, I can switch to code view and manually add anchor tags, but it would speed things up so much if I could just click a button in WYSIWYG mode.

    I'm still pretty new to WordPress, but I've found myself spending a LOT of time on these three things. I would love to be able to speed things up.

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  9. Jesse McFarlane
    Member

    12345

    I also find TinyMCE insufficient and clumsy for many end users. Writing a post or page within the Visual Editor could be a much more pleasant and simple experience. The new Google UI/UX refresh for example uses white space and larger elements and it gives a very clean feel throughout--a refresh of that order is needed in the Visual Editor. Clean, weightless, easy. No tiny buttons with hard to identify icons. No displaying text styled by MCE that will look entirely different live (styles should inherit from the theme). No automated markup bugs. More semantic code.

    If there's an area that needs as much love as Media it's the Visual Editor and it probably needs more.

    Posted: 2 years ago #
  10. MarcusPope
    Member

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    Then you guys & gals will probably want to check out the plugin I just uploaded -

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/preserved-html-editor-markup/

    Not only does it preserve white space, support code indenting, disable p tags, revert to br tags and the like, but it also allows you to keep the Visual tab enabled, switch back and forth between them and for a little sugar sprinkled on top it supports HTML5 block level anchor tags.

    It's not perfect, caveats are listed on the plugin page, but it makes my life and my clients life 110% better.

    You might also want to check out this plugin:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/root-relative-urls/

    Which besides being completely invaluable by itself, also converts the editor and related link/media functionality to use root-relative URLs instead of absolute links. This means your content is more flexible and portable if you do staging development.

    Hope you enjoy!

    Posted: 2 years ago #

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    Good idea! We're working on it