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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.
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?
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.
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.
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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)
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.
I prefer shifting the content portions of the site into basically a huge namespaced wiki.
My personal idea atm is to use a subset of mediawiki the provides all the needed functionality for the moment and then work our way forward as time goes on.
Add to this a revamp to the other parsers and the addition of a few more and the ability to set your default preference in your profile and I think things would be good.
Well the things I miss are:
So I am happy with anything that accomodates all or most of this.