Front-end Editor Update

I’ll briefly summarise some of the things we said in last week’s meeting, at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. 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 metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. boxes are low priority and maybe not even in scope.
  • In the next version of the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party, 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 WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get What You See Is What You Get. Most commonly used in relation to editors, where changes made in edit mode reflect exactly as they will translate to the published page. 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.