Finally 'm working on the WYSIWYG editor that I had planned to do a while ago. All the development stages are almost planned. Research work almost done. And I'm ready to code for it!
The development stages:
- The most basic functionality that a WYSIWYG editor has is the styling, alignment and font options. So for the editor I'm working on, I assume it to be the most important options and hence I put them on stage 1 of my development process. Along with these hyperlinks and inserting images will also be a part of this stage. Font-colors, backgrounds and highlighting will also be taken care of. Indentation was a problem, but with a bit of research this problem was also sorted out.
- The second stage will consist of advanced options like bullets, numbering, emoticons, symbols and date/time options. This stage specifically focuses on options that are less commonly used by editors although they form an integral part of our compositions. More specifically they add feel to it.
- The third and final stage will be to add editing options for most advanced editors. Options like inserting HTML snippets will be available. Tables and grids will also be taken care of. Advanced numbering and bullet systems will be introduced. Layout manager will be introduced. So that the user can make use of common default templates instead of wasting time on making their own.
All these changes are made by applying the changes to the HTML form of the text written in the textarea. This ensures easy portability of the edited content. Hence this can be applied as a web editor in different CMS' like drupal and joomla, or in blog editors or in mail composers were mails can be sent by the alternate mime type.