Preferred Post Formatting?

  1. Choice:

You must login to post a comment. Don't have an account? Register to get one!

  • Avatar of SilverFirefly SilverFirefly Nov 15, 2008 at 07:14 UTC - 0 likes

    TinyMCE is rubbish IMO. WYSIWYG with BBCode is the way to go - like the editor you get with vBulletin.

  • Avatar of Lykofos Lykofos Nov 14, 2008 at 08:19 UTC - 0 likes

    WYSIWYG annoys on me on forums these days. Personally I find its faster to use BBCode to format my posts instead of using the WYSIWYG approach. It tends to be more accurate too. Then again, I am used to HTML coding by hand (since WYSIWYG HTML editors tend throw in lots of crap tags) as I prefer my code to be clean. I have never used MediaWiki, then again, I have never posted or edited any Wiki articles although having got to used to both HTML and BBCode, I can probably pick up MediaWiki pretty easily. If I have an issue with BBCode (that is pretty rare) then plain text with some HTML tags works just fine.

  • Avatar of dsn dsn Nov 13, 2008 at 09:14 UTC - 0 likes

    Personally I favor MediaWiki however day by day I am forced to use BBCode in more places so I guess it doesn't really matter at the end of the day as long as I can worst case just use good old HTML. A problem with a WYSIWYG is we already have issues with JavaScript and CSS cross platform compatibility, adding another JS widget is just bound to create headaches down the road when we have new browsers or upgrades come in the future. We all know how much IE6 and IE7 are just a like when displaying HTML :P

  • Avatar of Allara Allara Nov 12, 2008 at 21:34 UTC - 0 likes

    WYSIWYG can be a problem for downlevel users, but there are some very good ones out there these days. For example, Telerik's Editor control (while certainly not free), is extremely powerful and very hard to break.

    That being said, I am familiar with BBCode, MediaWiki, and HTML, so whatever happens I can live with. Wiki markup is probably the easiest to work with of the choices, once you learn it.

  • Avatar of flarecde flarecde Nov 12, 2008 at 20:38 UTC - 0 likes

    I favor BBCode myself as it's relatively close to HTML, which I know, without the security risks of plain HTML. I've never been able to understand wiki style coding and it's never been intuitive for me.

    I find WYSIWYG editors to be too buggy or unpredictable most of the time.

    Could support multiple types though, this commenting system seems to. Or is that too much overhead?

  • Avatar of Phanx Phanx Nov 12, 2008 at 01:26 UTC - 0 likes

    I despise WYSIWYG editors for the web. They are, without exception, slow, awkward, and difficult to use. For example, when in the middle of a list, there's generally no clear way to end the list and continue with a paragraph.

    While I don't particularly like BBCode or Wiki markup, they are, at least, completely transparent. My personal preference is for plaintext with some HTML, with the backend software handling basic things like paragraphs and line breaks.

  • Avatar of TreeRex TreeRex Nov 11, 2008 at 17:56 UTC - 0 likes
    I hate BBCode with a deep passion. Markdown is a win, and is easy to learn, IMHO.
  • Avatar of Kaelten Kaelten Nov 11, 2008 at 14:26 UTC - 0 likes

    really security is about the same for all of them. Each method, other than raw html and to some extent wysiwyg, are whitelist based approaches.

    WowAce.com & CurseForge.com Adminstrator
    Check out my new addon, OneChoice, it helps you pick quest rewards faster.
    Developer of Ace3, OneBag3, and many other addons and libraries
    Project lead and Mac developer for the Curse Client

  • Avatar of sztanpet sztanpet Nov 11, 2008 at 02:24 UTC - 0 likes

    from a security perspective bbcode is way easier, its a whitelist based aproach where you specify how it should work and so you dont have to worry about implementing a sanitizer for html tags which can have malformed html due to the liberal html parsing policies of many modern web browsers (and so, so many vectors of attack)

    also http://blogs.msdn.com/hackers/archive/2007/11/12/first-line-of-defense-for-web-applications-part-4.aspx

  • Avatar of Kaelten Kaelten Nov 11, 2008 at 00:43 UTC - 0 likes

    I also am in general against using wysiwyg. I honestly expect a lot of problems, extension limitations, diffs would become fairly useless, etc.

    Not to mention if the graceful failure path was to inputting raw html.

Facts

Posted on
Nov 10, 2008
Voted on
311 times