Man, has anyone else seen htmlArea? It's really nifty -- a WYSIWYG HTML editor built into the browser. The new (3.0) version works with Mozilla and IE... I dunno about Konqueror, Opera, or anything else. But it'd be pretty neato to have WYSIWYG editing built into Wikitravel... --Evan 00:37, 20 Jan 2004 (EST)
Yeah, it's pretty neat. We were considering using it for our Bricolage installation at WHO this summer but switched to a Java solution since htmlArea was slightly broken on some of the browsers. It should be easier to make it work with Wiki markup though since it's soooo much simpler than HTML. -- Mark 01:25, 20 Jan 2004 (EST)
As long as there's some chance to upgrade to latest MediaWiki, maybe it's also possible to set up a WYSIWIG plugin? WYSIWIG is used for long at Wikia wiki hosting, and works perfectly (I had some experience with http://paygsimwithdata.wikia.com/). Looks like they are running this extension , although I'm not absolutely sure.
Benefits are obvious: much lower barrier for one-time contributors, therefore a higher conversion to regular contributors, therefore more useful content, therefore more pageviews and ads served--so there's even a benefit for IB :-) --DenisYurkin 15:12, 1 June 2011 (EDT)
Downsides include horrible code created by WYSIWYG editors (especially FCKeditor) making editing harder for those who don't use it, and sometimes even showing up as garbage in an article, as well as increased server load. 126.96.36.199 06:38, 21 June 2011 (EDT)
Can you demonstrate this by an example text and a simple editing scenario which a inexperenced user can reasonably have, which results in horrible code/makes editing much harder? --DenisYurkin 01:31, 22 June 2011 (EDT)