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WYSIWYG Formatting

  • In recent years I’ve been recommending WP as a CMS to many of my clients. They are happy with the overall functionality, but there is one issue that I’ve been getting a lot of complaints about. To a non-technical person WYSIWYG implies “what I see in a post box is what will appear on a page”, but it is not so in WP. And some people find it very confusing when headlines that should be red appear black and in an entirely different font.

    I peaked at the source code to see if I can “hack” it to suit my needs, and after some trial and error was able to apply my stylesheet to the TinyMCE container – that solved half of my problem. The other half is getting all tags in “Format” dropdown to conform to the same stylesheet.

    So here is my feedback/request for upcoming versions: Why not change the dropdown to use actual tags? Instead of span class “mce_h1” use H1, and so on… That way when I style H1 it will automatically reflect in the dropdown, and there will be no more confusion 🙂

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  • A very nice idea, although I don’t think it is needed by the vast majority of WordPress users. Btw, you don’t have to hack WP to apply your stylesheet to the visual editor, there’s a function for that purpose, did you use it?

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