[geeklog-devel] IKS / Aloha editor

Tom websitemaster at cogeco.net
Mon Dec 13 11:40:51 EST 2010

If we went with the Aloha Editor at some point I assume the Aloha Editor
would become and option under a stories post mode on the story admin editor
form. If "in story editing" is enabled on the site, Admins would have an
extra option of editing stuff on the fly as you tested.

How does Aloha handle embedded items in the stories like autotags, images,
youtube videos, etc? Does that content stay in place and is not editable?

-----Original Message-----
From: geeklog-devel-bounces at lists.geeklog.net
[mailto:geeklog-devel-bounces at lists.geeklog.net] On Behalf Of Dirk Haun
Sent: December-12-10 4:31 PM
To: Geeklog Development
Subject: [geeklog-devel] IKS / Aloha editor

For those who haven't seen it yet, I've posted a report from the IKS
workshop in Amsterdam on geeklog.net yesterday:


Thoughts and comments on how to proceed, i.e. whether or not to "go
semantic", are very much welcome.

What I didn't mention in that post is that I got a chance to sit down with
some of the guys from the Aloha editor, <http://aloha-editor.org/>, who were
also present in Amsterdam, and tried integrating it into Geeklog. We got to
a "proof of concept" point where it let you edit articles, but actually
saving the changes was still missing (that should be about a day's work left
to do).

I really like the approach of this editor - it lets you edit your content in
place. Just today, I made a longish post on my blog and when it was
published, I spotted a typo. So I had to get back into the editor, scroll
down to locate the typo, fix it, save, and re-read. With Aloha, I could
simply have clicked into the article, right on the word with the typo, and
would have been able to fix it there.

This is, of course, quite a different approach than what we have right now
and would require a couple of changes all over the place. I talked things
through with Norbert Pomaroli (one of the Aloha authors) and I think I have
a pretty good idea of what we would have to do for a proper integration.

The only downside right now: Image uploading is not yet possible with Aloha
(but it's being worked on). Since it would be a while before we would have
finished an integration anyway, it may be ready just in time. I realize
image upload is probably the most popular use case for FCKeditor in Geeklog.

As everybody knows, I'm not exactly a fan of FCKeditor ;-) The alternatives
I have seen so far didn't really convince me either. The approach that Aloha
uses differs from all those other editors and I have to say that I like it.

I could imagine using it when it's integrated into Geeklog. That's probably
saying something ;-)

Comments, impressions, likes / dislikes?

bye, Dirk

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