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    Your favorite WYSIWIG editor

    Hi!

    I've tried a number of WYSIWIG editors and have never been extremely happy with any of them.

    If you've used one you that you really liked, let me know! I think it would be nice to see what everyone's using and what's the most popular.

    Thanks!
    Ian

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    I don't use them much either - I am diehard TextMate fan.

    For JavaScript, you might want to check out Aptana : http://www.aptana.com/

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    Thanks for the input Solidhex!

    I should clarify however, the purpose of the WYSIWIG would be for web-based text editing, for instance a blog, or a CMS.

    -Ian

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    Ah ha - I misunderstood.

    Have you checked out TinyMCE? http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/

    It's the best, most stable WYSIWYG that I've used.

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    If using WYSIWYG in a controlled environment, then XStandard is hands-down the best one out there, in my opinion (the Lite version is free even for commercial use; no, I don't work for them ) - but it's not JavaScript-based. It's the only editor I've found in well over two years of testing - including SitePoint's own Editize - to produce code that meets my (admittedly very high) required levels of quality.

    Its only drawback is that it's a plugin, not a JavaScript textarea-to-WYSIWYG widget, so doesn't have quite the level of browser support or ease of use, though this is slowly improving. For any situation where you can be sure that your users will run one of the browsers it supports, it's ideal. Currently supported browsers are IE 5+, Mozilla 1.7.5+, Firefox 1.0+, Opera 9.0+, Netscape 8.0+ on Windows, and Safari 1.3+ on OSX.

    For more general (or public-facing) implementations, a sound JS-only solution is widgEditor, which seems to produce decent markup. Then of course comes the fun of validating any untrusted user-entered code.

    I tried HTMLArea (various versions), FCKEditor, TinyMCE, and a few others, and always found too many problems resulting from their use of the browsers' built-in WYSIWYG interfaces. I won't touch them now, after finding XStandard and widgEditor.
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    I recommend TinyMCE. It just rocks!

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    Wacky, XStandard looks really nice! Do you happen to have this online, public-facing so we can see it in action?

    TinyMCE is very nice! I've used it a few times and was fairly happen with it.

    I think FCKEditor is a very nice WYSIWIG too. Does anyone know a little more about the LGPL license and how it differs from the standard GPL license? Does this restrict it from commercial use?

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    I've had very good results with TinyMCE

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    Seems like TinyMCE is the best so far. The only thing I don't like about it is that the ImageManager is an extension that has to be purchased.

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    TinyMCE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yaunus
    Wacky, XStandard looks really nice!
    It is. (In my opinion, of course!)

    Do you happen to have this online, public-facing so we can see it in action?
    Kind of, but not really. I'll see about getting a live demo of the Lite version up and running early next week - I probably won't have time this weekend. Beyond the basic CSS-driven WYSIWYG formatting that you get in Lite, things like image insertion are only available in the Pro version - though there is an "Open Source CMS" partnership programme, so if you used one of their approved open-source CMSes (don't ask, I have no idea which ones are), you'd benefit from the features of XStandard Pro for free.

    I've hacked something together to reliably and non-breakingly insert an img element into the editor, but it's an ugly, ugly hack. For anything commercial, the licence fee seems worth it for such a nice piece of kit (I'm considering springing for Pro just for personal use, which should tell you that I'm either very impressed, or completely mad ), and the free support is great - I've bugged them a few times already about esoteric things, and got very timely responses.

    I think FCKEditor is a very nice WYSIWIG too. Does anyone know a little more about the LGPL license and how it differs from the standard GPL license? Does this restrict it from commercial use?
    As I've always understood it, using GPL code in a commercial project is either a grey area (all about linking and level/type of dependence...), or a breach of the licence, whereas LGPL code can be freely used in commercial apps. IANALawyer though, so don't take that as fact.
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    The best WYSIWYG editor I've ever used is vBulletin's. They should release it as a seperate product.

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    I'm really liking FCKEditor! Very simple to use and customize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simsim View Post
    The best WYSIWYG editor I've ever used is vBulletin's. They should release it as a seperate product.
    The editor used in VB is enhanced TinyMCE editor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barq View Post
    The editor used in VB is enhanced TinyMCE editor
    Source?
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    Quote Originally Posted by solidhex View Post
    I don't use them much either - I am diehard TextMate fan.

    For JavaScript, you might want to check out Aptana : http://www.aptana.com/
    Javascript? I also use it for html...
    It might not be all about html but tis still a very good editor for it.
    There is no bad design, only one which needs improving.

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    Http://www.aptana.com/ The free alternative to dreamweaver.


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