Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005p>We recently covered the Dojo Rich Text Editor. Here’s FCKEditor, another widget that aims to be easy for users to work with and easy for developers to install and customise.
Support for keyboard shortcuts is impressive, but the browser gets in the way sometimes. I got burned a couple of times with Cmd-Left, which in most editors would normally jump to the start of the line, but in the browser (Firefox), it took me all the way back to the previous page!
Rich text editors make content maintenance a whole lot easier for most people and are familiar to just about anyone who’s used a word processor in the past couple of decades. It’s not always good to replicate desktop functionality, but it seems to make good sense here, at least for non-technical users.
Many people will immediately associate the UI style with MS Office, but funnily enough Office 12 makes a radical departure from the menus-and-toolbars paradigm. Are “Ajax Ribbons” the next big thing?