Front-end Editor Update

I’ll briefly summarise some of the things we said in last week’s meeting, at WordCamp London and on Skype.

  • We’d like to experiment with the toolbar (or part of it) popping up on selecting some text, even though it’s not easy to discover without clearly pointing it out to the user, and there’s no way all the options could fit in. It’s probably best to keep a fixed and permanent toolbar on top and develop a smaller inline toolbar next to it. We can then hide one of both to do some user testing. Some inspiration here, here and here.
  • For now, it’s better to focus on the most basic TinyMCE functionality, keeping in mind that it should be extendible. Let’s also just focus on the most used WordPress options, things like Custom Fields, Discussion, Author and other custom meta boxes are low priority and maybe not even in scope.
  • In the next version of the plugin, the toolbar will move up, like this: Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 17.06.14
  • It now also depends on WordPress 3.8-alpha or higher, so you’ll need to update your install to test it.
  • Another thing that needs to be done is, apart from experimenting with different editing interfaces and taming TinyMCE, designing and developing a way to preview oEmbeds and shortcodes/galleries and thinking about other ways to insert shortcodes other than manually inserting them. If we want a real WYSIWYG editor, having a preview for those is a must.
  • A Skype group has been set up, so if you’d like to join, add jannekevandorpe and let me know.
  • The next meeting will be Monday, 2 December, 16:00 UTC on the #wordpress-ui IRC channel.