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Bug 5398 - Allow WYSIWIG editing
Allow WYSIWIG editing
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
Extension setup (Other open bugs)
Other All
: Lowest enhancement with 2 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: 8032 (view as bug list)
Depends on: 27478
Blocks: 6227
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Reported: 2006-03-30 09:15 UTC by Stefan Monov
Modified: 2013-02-01 15:06 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Stefan Monov 2006-03-30 09:15:42 UTC
WYSIWIG editing is more user friendly than the current method of 
editing, so please implement it.
Comment 1 T. Gries 2006-03-30 16:22:13 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> WYSIWIG editing is more user friendly than the current method of 
> editing, so please implement it.

Simply use EnotifWiki which has the free WYSIWYG
editor "FCKeditor" integrated. Be aware, that only page with the magic toke
__USE_EDITOR__ are WYSIWYG-editable, on the next edit.
Comment 2 hxgee 2006-04-10 12:04:01 UTC
Are there no plans to integrate FCKeditor directly?
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2006-04-10 19:36:26 UTC
Absolutely not, it's totally unusable.

Resolving this LATER pending the existence of WYSIWYG editing that 
actually works and doesn't corrupt data.
Comment 4 T. Gries 2006-04-10 20:14:43 UTC
(In reply to comment #3)
> Absolutely not, it's totally unusable.
Oh ! Brion, this strong comment needs a reply w.r.t "totally".

WYSIWYG editing is very useful, because users do not have to learn the
(admittedly easy, but new) Wiki syntax. Our dear friend Ward Cunnigham (inventor
of Wiki) fully agreed in a longer coffee talk with me during Wikimania 2005,
that he _would_ have used this technology for his first wiki - but Javascript
and Ajax were simply not available in the early years (1995).

Of course, the FCKeditor needs to be modified (what is simple), so that it
_only_ generates Wiki-style syntax and nothing else. Then, the use of any of the
both editors - Browser input form _or_ WYSIWYG editor - definitely makes sense,
because you won't notice any difference in the page source.

We simply need a team of enthusiasts who modify the FCKeditor integration, and
some FCKeditor developers already signalled such interests, because they like
MediaWiki, too.
Comment 5 hxgee 2006-04-11 01:46:11 UTC
Thank you for the feedback.  I am a big fan of MediaWiki but have a WYSIWYG need
to accommodate. I had mistakenly thought this was something actively being
worked on.
Comment 6 Brion Vibber 2006-04-11 01:48:36 UTC
Wikiwyg is being intermittently worked on, but it may be a long time 
before it's suitable for MediaWiki. (We have very strict requirements 
for compatibility with a complex and fragile markup syntax, and 
hundreds of gigabytes of text data).

The FCKeditor hack mentioned above will never be integrated into 
MediaWiki. If it happens to work for you, however, feel free to try it. 
We do not support it in any way.
Comment 7 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-11-25 22:55:25 UTC
*** Bug 8032 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Brion Vibber 2011-11-29 21:48:34 UTC
Visual Editor is an active project these days, and should arrive on Wikimedia progressively sites over the next months/year.
Comment 9 Helder 2012-06-28 14:00:57 UTC
(In reply to comment #8)
> Visual Editor is an active project these days, and should arrive on Wikimedia
> progressively sites over the next months/year.

If the [[mw:VisualEditor]] will be the solution for this on WMF wikis, and it requires HTML5 (I'm deducing this from [[mw:Parsoid/HTML5 DOM with RDFa]]), then I believe this bug depends on bug 27478, which is a request to enable $wgHtml5 on Wikimedia wikis.
Comment 10 Antoine "hashar" Musso (WMF) 2013-02-01 15:06:06 UTC
This is being fixed / implemented by a Wikimedia project known as VisualEditor.  One can get informations on the progress of this project at

There is no point in keeping this bug open anymore, it is a defacto solved by the project.

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