Wednesday, December 22, 2010

RRTE Public Alpha

Hey people, sorry for being quiet recently, been busy with work and stuff. I don't have a pretty picture for you today, but Santa didn't come up giftless today, not at all :)

I've got a cute little link for you!

I just pushed RRTE alpha to github, so you could have a sneak pick on what's going on.

It's still an alpha, it doesn't work under IE yet and you might stumble upon some bugs here and there, but generally, generally it all shapes up and should give you some basic overview of the thing.

Anyhow, you know the drill. Checkout, enjoy and come back with feedback! :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

RRTE Status Update

Hey folks! It's been couple of weeks and some of you started to wonder, where's Nik with his RRTE and the world domination, so here is the status update.

As you can see, we are having some serious progress. Most of the things you see on the picture are already working, but I'm trying to explore some possibilities and features.

What's Wrong With the World?

It seems that the design-mode support in browsers is utterly broken. It's ugly, limited, uncomfortable to use and behaves differently in different browsers. Well, just like the whole JavaScript business :)

There is basically two modes how the design-mode works in browsers, the tags mode and the css-mode, in the first one the browser tries to use tags to style the content, in the other one it tries to use styles. The trouble is that IE supports the tags-mode only and FF supports both, but in any case both of them do that wrong.

You see, in the tag mode say they use obsolete FONT tag to style fonts, but in this case FF doesn't support for example proper selections highlighting, they also for example use STRIKE instead of S tag and there is no way specify it. In the css-mode, the browsers try to use things like style="font-weight:bold" instead of the <B> tag pair, which is quite inflexible if not to say idiotic in terms of CSS. It also incorrectly reacts on all sorts of things, like say it will show the U tool "on" when you put your cursor on a link, and you won't be able to switch it off because it's styled with css.

And so one and so one. There is are lots of small and big fuckups like that, and honestly it is quite a mess.

Time To Fix It!

Being an arrogant idiot, I couldn't just pass by this mess, so now I'm building my own engine, which will do precisely what we need on any browser. Basically there are two sets of tools, one of them allows you to work with the style attribute, the other one allows you to format anything with any tag you want, and, what's more important, with any attribute you need, which means that you can use ids and classes as well.

The formatting setting is not limited to the H1-H6, PRE and ADDRESS tags anymore. You can easily specify say things like that

Rte.Formats = {
'h2': "Header 2",
'tt': "Typetext",
'blockquote': "Block quote",
'': "Blue block",
'': "Green block"

Etc, etc. The basic plan is to create some sort of a mixed, truly css-oriented mode. We will use SPAN + style attribute for things like custom colors and fonts, but for everything else use normal tags and classes, so that the editor produced a nice and easy to process and support content.

It's a bit tricky, but we will get through it.

Advanced Tools

The other thing which I'm trying to figure out is how small an RTE can be, or how much features can we squeeze in 10k? Advanced OOP features of RightJS are really helpful in this case, because all the inheritance and functionality injection features allow us to create really compact and flexible code. As you can see I already added the color tools, font name and size tools, formatting options and some other things. At the moment all of that weights about 8k of gzipped code (and that includes all the css).

So I'm trying to add more features in the standard package than I originally planed and see where it will lead us. We might drop some of them into the extensions pack later on, or, if everything will go smoothly, we might not need one and all the standard functionality will be available in the basic build, so that we will have just a core and plugins. Or something like that. Will see.

Well, this is basically it for the moment.
To be continued...