[development] should tinymce get a new maintainer tinymce

Kevin Reynen kreynen at gmail.com
Mon Feb 5 16:22:27 UTC 2007

I posted a hack last night that will allow you to customize the
TinyMCE theme displayed for each role... http://drupal.org/node/116006

I don't see any reason why this functionality couldn't be added to the
module the way "Enable TinyMCE for this node types:" was added.
Allowing users to type the role names like they now do with content
types isn't ideal, but it would restore some of the missing

The other complaint I've seen repeatedly posted is the lack of GUI to
select the buttons that
appear in TinyMCE.  The GUI was nice and I certainly used it, but the
new module doesn't require any additional tables to store those
settings and uses the same method of configuration (customizing the
.js themes) that the rest of the TinyMCE using world uses.

Customizing the .js files isn't going to cause problems with upgrades
unless you are upgrading the TinyMCE part of the module.  When you
download updated versions of the module, you are still going to need
to download a new version of TinyMCE or copy the version with your
customized .js themes into the module folder.  If anything, following
the TinyMCE way of customizing .js themes makes it easier to upgrade
the TinyMCE part of the module.

I don't know this module's maintainer.  I've never communicated
directly with drupal-id, but I think replacing a maintainer because a
module is lacks some features is an extreme move.  The module code he
produced is solid and works well for me.  It would be nice to hear
from drupal-id more often, but the module functions and there are
other ways to achieve the desired functionality that was included in
the 4.7 version.

I expect that someone will rewrite my hack into a patch adding a text
fields to the TinyMCE admin interface.  If that patch sits for a more
than a month without any action from drupal-id, then I'd agree a new
maintainer is needed.

Kevin Reynen
Integrated Media Coordinator
Reynolds School of Journalism and
Advanced Media Research
University of Nevada, Reno

On 2/5/07, Gerhard Killesreiter <gerhard at killesreiter.de> wrote:
> Alaa Abd El Fattah wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I don't know how many of you are following tinymce module development,
> > so I thought I'd bring up this issue on the mailing list.
> >
> > recently user drupal-id.com took over the project and immediately
> > started on a rewrite for drupal 5 discarding all old code. the problem
> > is drupal-id.com's new redesign lacks features that many existing
> > tinymce users find crucial (like customizing the button set and having
> > different buttonsets per role).
> >
> > but the problem is not limited to differing goals, I don't think
> > drupal-id.com is a good maintainer, he does not respond to issues in
> > the issue queue (the issue queue is not 10 pages long and growing
> > rapidly).
> >
> > at the moment the only way to get tinymce to work as before is to
> > patch the DRUPAL-4-7 branch using a patch attached to this issue
> > http://drupal.org/node/100864
> >
> > check the discussion around this issue to soo how many are complaining
> > about current state of tinymce.module drupal-id.com responded only once
> > to this issue.
> >
> > IMO tinymce needs a new maintainer.
> I've mailed the maintainer and asked for clarification.
> Cheers,
>         Gerhard

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