[pmwiki-users] WYSIWYG on PmWiki

Peter Kay pkay42 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 17 20:14:40 PDT 2019

> It would be nice to know how Google Docs overcomes this problem

Probably through the liberal application of money, which can hire people to

Pmwiki's markup is translated to HTML server-side by a php-based engine.
In order to have a WYSIWYG editor, you would need a way to translate
client-side, probably javascript?  All of the markup rules would have to be
translated, which is doable with sufficient time and care....and then you
get into the problem of custom markup.  Custom markup is one of the great
strengths of pmwiki, but it would probably be rather difficult to have a
reliable way to automagically translate from server-side php to client-side

Possibly doable, probably not easy.

Pmwiki doesn't have that many developers devoting that much time to the

Which isn't to say it cannot happen, just wanted to make sure everyone was
thinking of the context and aware of some of the difficulties.


On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 8:16 PM Svetlana Tkachenko <svetlana at members.fsf.org>

> It would be nice to know how Google Docs overcomes this problem, they
> allow gui editing of .docx documents. Are they easier to interact with --
> convert to and from HTML -- than wiki markup?
> There is also https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-online/,
> perhaps it might be worth stealing some ideas or implementation from them
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