[development] Status update: WYSIWYG support in Drupal core

Arancaytar Ilyaran arancaytar.ilyaran at gmail.com
Sat May 23 08:54:12 UTC 2009

Damien Tournoud wrote:
> - It is doubtful that a WYSIWYG editor improve usability

Hear, hear.

BBCode and Markdown isn't hard to get into, and it's used on all forums
I've ever seen. On the few forums that offer a choice between BBcode and
WYSIWYG, people complain that WYSIWYG is clumsy to work with, puts extra
line-breaks and paragraphs where you don't want them, doesn't usually
reflect how your post will actually look after submission, and slows
down the browser.

I feel that the very concept of WYSIWYG editors does great damage to
user experience - ultimately, learning to emphasize like *this* or
/this/ or even [i]this[/i] will be less frustrating than clicking
buttons that don't quite do what you want. The only "familiar
experience" it offers is similarity with poorly written word processors
that these same users are usually cursing all day. Madness! :(

(Sorry for the rant.)


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