WYSIWYG Reality Check: It Ain’t Working

Oliver Betz list_ob at gmx.net
Sun May 22 05:24:08 CDT 2011

Petko Yotov wrote:


>The WYSIWYG feature is very much requested and if it is done well, it may* 
>break the barriers to PmWiki adoption by users unwilling or unable to read the 
>BasicEditing page from the documentation or even the cheatsheet under the 
>editing text area. It is on my todo list, but without contract deadlines, as 
>we spoke earlier. 

"users unwilling or unable" is an apt description of the problem. I've
seen such users (but can't say whether they are unwilling or whether
it's really a hard for them).

Luckily, most other users _are_ able to use Wiki markup, and after a
kind reminder, they are even able to use "Preview" instead of "Save".

>That doesn't mean that nobody else could work on an implementation.
>Other features, often requested and arguably very useful are UTF-8 migration + 
>RTL support + encode filenames, multiple file uploads, image manager (rotate, 
>rename, edit metadata), section editing, table of contents, PDF generation, 
>zip export, easier user watchlists, admin interface, notify on upload, ... 
>review and update the doc translation in French, ...

..."self registering"...

>Some existing recipes already provide some of these functions, but only work 
>in some cases, or do much more than what is really needed. For example, a PDF 

e.g. the current "attachtable" version with image metadata handling
got a bit extensive. I would love to see a stripped version.

Oliver Betz, Muenchen (oliverbetz.de)

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