Have I misses understanding something around TinyMCE for WordPress 3.9 beta?
One of the best features of TinyMCE 4.0 is the new look UI (User interface) and the way it uses a menu system to group lots of features into a smaller space, not rows of badly grouped icons.
It would be nice to finally get rid of plugins like TinyMCE Advanced & Ultimate TinyMCE, and to have a modern approach for the WordPress editor. It is after all the engine which the whole of WordPress revolves around.
As a standard feature, TinyMCE 4 UI has a single button called “formats” which contains many of the style features, including some which seem to have been excluded in the WordPress 3.9 beta. This unnecessarily forces the need to use plugins to simply put back standard features. This doesn’t really make much sense.
Additionally, the new TinyMCE 4 UI utilizes a menu system. This would have been a fantastic new addition to WordPress. Menus would allow Plugin developers to include there TinyMCE addons without the clutter that can happen with the current WordPress and old TinyMCE 3 UI design.
Obviously there must have been discussions about change management for existing plugins and user uptake, training, etc of a new UI. Of course these are important consideration, but that is the whole point of change. TinyMCE it’s self has moved in the right direction but the WordPress implementation of TinyMCE seems to be resisting this change.
Maybe I have not seen a settings screen or have missed some documentation on the changes to TinyMCE for WordPress and why this was approach was adopted. Maybe this is the first step in a planned transition to a full implementation of TinyMCE 4 UI. Can anyone give further insight into this?
On a positive note, the feature to drag and drop images is fantastic. It will be an especially nice feature for non-technical users of WordPress.
Thank you to all the WordPress designers for this amazing tool you have built and for all your hard work to constantly make it better.