Jul 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM
Edited Jul 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM
I've been authoring content for about 2 days on a new site which has the fundamental goals of (1) promoting my business, (2) promoting orchard as an easy to use platform for content management via tutorials/quickstarts that are contextual for my clients.
Temporarily the site and some content can be seen here: http://blogs.climbfind.com/social-site-training
It's been 'inefficient' to author html in large quantities and I'm about to embark on a mega site with a client. I wanted to try be very specific about the things that are frustrating in case they shed some light:
- The fact that html is a popup, instead of embedded in the UI
- Having only a small window makes it is basically impossible to work with the html unless you only need to edit more than one character/point in the html.
- Everything being wrapped in p tags automatically and generally the editor changing ANYTHING that you did not type.
- Not preserving the formatting that you set to the text while you work with it so your brain can interpret the html.
Overall I feel TinyMCE is unusable if you want to work with html.
- Having your cursor someone in text view and switching to source and the html view / cursor is at the top of the HTML and you now need to go dive through to find the point you want.
- The auto formatting on multiple lines!
- The default height of the content area. I drag the size of the editor bigger every time I need to edit a page. This short height is made twice as bad and issue with the auto formatting on multiple lines.
- Pasting an image from the clipboard looks awesome in the content view and leave masses of random characters in the source view (not sure if there's anything that can be done about this), but again this makes editing html hard and slow as the scroll bar
becomes so huge.
- I can't customize the buttons (which to show/hide). I want to do this because buttons take up so much of the UI.
- Not preserving the formatting that set to the text while you work with it so your brain can read the html while you create it and coming back next time at it's all ruined.
I actually think for now the best thing to do is disable both editors and just work with a plain text box. It will be good to try to use live writer to create/edit pages.