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I recently got very disappointed by any markup language i was using for my django forum, wiki and blog - basically because BBCode and Markdown are all easy to write but very limiting, while (X)HTML is powerful, but hard to write by hand. (Actually I found it easier to write HTML than to work around bbcode limitations for another part of my blog (which is still not finished, but not due to html :) ))

So when someone on the SCT forum started to ask why I was using markdown in the wiki I sparked a small discussion about the pros/cons of WYSIWYG vs. editing markup by hand. I even carried it over to another thread.

So what are the pros and cons of WYSIWYG?

  • +: Very userfriendly (if done right)
  • +: Very powerful (you can add custom features, like wiki links, inserting attachments as images, resizing/alt texts of images, etc.)
  • +: You don't need to learn a new markup language for every forum, wiki or blog
  • -: Security might be a problem - you need to validate (X)HTML very carefully to avoid XSS
  • -: Some might want to edit pages offline, or manage them in a text based version control system.
  • -: Diffs are not that straight forward
  • -: Hard to do "right" (WYSIWYG is not that simple and might require extra work for every browser - and you need extensions for your forum/wiki/blog features)


So - does anyone have other pros/cons for wysiwyg vs. markup editing? any experiences? :)
Hey, we have Signatures !!! Great, isn't it ? ;)

Posted by Herbert Poul

Assigned Tags: wysiwyg, sct, markup, markdown

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Not enough time for my todo list

2009-05-18 16:39:17

I once had the problem of having no ideas when i needed a programming project. Somehow this changed significantly ..

Things i would LOVE to code, but have no time:



Any advice on how to prioritize these would be appreciated :) (and no.. there is no money in any of these projects ;) )
Hey, we have Signatures !!! Great, isn't it ? ;)
I just helped to launch another forum based on SCT: The Django Forum. As last time with http://django-resource.de we were able to automatically migrate all forum categories, users and posts without any hitches.

Hey, we have Signatures !!! Great, isn't it ? ;)

Posted by Herbert Poul

Assigned Tags: sct, django

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Browser usage

2008-04-21 16:05:35

It seems visitors to my website http://sct.sphene.net are not really representative. Or did I miss that Internet Explorer is now on 4th place behind Firefox, Opera AND Safari :)

Hey, we have Signatures !!! Great, isn't it ? ;)

Posted by Herbert Poul

Assigned Tags: sct, browsers

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One year of SCT !

2008-02-23 20:50:44

I just realized that Sphene Community Tools (My currently most active private project implementing a django forum and wiki application) is already one year in development. This finally removes the "Short source control history" - warning on it's Ohloh project page.
Hey, we have Signatures !!! Great, isn't it ? ;)

Posted by Herbert Poul

Assigned Tags: sct, development, django

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