[geeklog-devel] WYSIWYG Editor

Simon Lord slord at marelina.com
Tue Dec 31 04:56:47 EST 2002

I'm a big fan of WYSIWYG editors.  However I am vehemently opposed to 
Windows/IE ONLY solutions which is why my submission enhancer uses 
basic java to help the user (http://www.marelina.com/submit.php).  It 
has grown since but I have yet to release the update, you can find out 
more at http://www.geeklog.net/article.php?story=20020904065459169.

That said, I have been looking for alternatives for Geeklog to use, the 
only solution to date is Flash which works in IE, Opera, Chimera (Mac), 
Mozilla and Netscape on the Mac, Windows and Linux platforms.  This 
would be a better focus of our time and I would be happy to help code 
the Flash end of things.  I'm stumbling with the PHP integration (I can 
contact you directly to voice the problems).  There is a current effort 
to create a fully featured WYSIWYG editor in Flash located here: 

Among its latest features are:

(1) Saving the current story as a text file.
(2) Importing a text file into the submission field.

You can find out more at the link above.  And don't focus on the layout 
too much, it's not bad but it can be easily changed to suit any Geeklog 
theme.  Yes, with some clever coding it can switch to match the 
currently selected theme.  The hardest part is passing the data from 
the flash file to geeklog to be saved and passing the data from the DB 
*into* the flash file when editing a submitted story.  But that's a 
limitation on my part which can be solved easily by working closely 
with a PHP programmer.

On Monday, December 30, 2002, at 07:11 PM, Tom Willett wrote:

> I ran across a nice free wysiwyg text editor for <textarea> fields.  
> It is
> fullfeatured and mature.  It only works in Windows IE 5.5 and above but
> degrades gracefully to a normal <textarea> field for other browsers.  
> The
> only installation it requires is the addition of a few lines in the 
> theme
> files where the <textarea> is found.  It thus can be used selectively. 
>  The
> available formating commands are customizable by text area so that you 
> can
> have a restricted set available to non-admins, comments, etc.  I have
> installed it and used it on stories, comments, staticpages and link
> descriptions.
> You can see it in action at the gplugs.sf.net site.  Open the 
> submission
> editor or even the comment editor.  Many people have asked for this 
> and I
> have already had good feedback from some of my non-technical users.
> Oh yeah it is called 'htmlarea' and is released under a bsd license.
> It took me about 20 minutes to figure it out and install it on the 
> first
> site I installed it on.  It took about 5 minutes on the second site.  
> It
> took a little more on the gplugs site because of theme issues with the 
> clean
> theme, I had to figure out.
> --
> Tom Willett
> tomw at pigstye.net
> --
> Tom Willett
> tomw at pigstye.net
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