The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Editing text on a webpage

This demonstration of a web-based editor (link via DECAFBAD) looked promising and the instructions for including it withing a webpage were easy enough that I decided to give it go.

Turns out I don't really care for it that much, as it doesn't suit my style of writing on the web. The HTML it more WYSIWYG than structural, and I write structural HTML. I suppose I could modify the code (written in JavaScript) to make it more my liking, but I'm not up to slogging through 60,000 lines of JavaScript to fix a few problems for something I may end up using.

It might, however, make editing of existing entries pretty sweet, to fix typos and word choice from within the browser instead of the method I use now (which involves logging onto the webserver and editing the raw entry in an editor). I might have to try that.

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