Front-end Editor Meeting 4 March

With @avryl (me), @azaozz, @hugobaeta, @kraftbj, @melchoyce, @mrroundhill, @rhurling, @samuelsidler, @ubernaut. Log.

Links: Front-end Editor plugin, GitHub.

  • You probably noticed, but @designsimply did two usability tests with the front-end editor. One. Two. Main problems:
    • The “save” button seems to be hard to find.
    • The featured image area needs to be more descriptive.
  • Gallery previews have recently been added to trunk by @gcorne. I’ve been trying to implement the same plugin with the front-end editor, but since templates are used instead of the actual shortcode output, it will need to be adjusted. After all, we’re trying to make an accurate WYSIWYG editor. #52
  • Currently edit links on the front-end link to the front-end editor, and edit links on the back-end to the back-end editor. It’d be better if there was a drop down in the admin bar to choose which editor you’d like to use (?), but how should both editors be described? ‘Edit in admin’ and ‘Edit not on the front-end’ might make sense to us, but probably not to the average user. #53
  • The ‘meta modal‘ needs to improve. It’s a bit too clunky. It might be better to have a (collapsable) side bar with collapsed meta boxes (a bit like the customiser). Needs mock ups.
  • We should experiment with an inline toolbar (one that pops up after selecting text). I think this would only be useful in addition to the main toolbar, since it cannot have all the tools the main toolbar has. Needs mock ups.
  • Mobile: the editor works on small screens, but doesn’t have a TinyMCE toolbar. It should have one, or at least one with a few tools. Needs mock ups. #14

The next meeting is tomorrow, 11 March 2014, 17:00 UTC in #wordpress-ui.