Saturday, 3 January 2015

New toolbar, AJAX saving, and other fixes for the post editor

Today we’ve released a few enhancements to the new post editor, fixed some bugs, created a new one or two, and left a handful of things to fix later.

New Stuff

  • AJAX save. We’re still not saving posts automatically, but now the “Save Now” button will keep the post editor open, and Ctrl-S works as a shortcut for saving. (Internet Explorer users: use Ctrl-Shift-S to save.)
  • New toolbar. This toolbar looks better, loads more quickly, and has undo and redo buttons. By popular demand, the full justification button has returned. We’ve also added a strike through button and improved the color palettes.
  • Vertical resizing. You can now change the height of the post editor by dragging the resize handle in the lower right (near the labels field). The size is saved in a per-user, per-blog preference.

Fixed Bugs

  • <div>s in Edit HTML are now better-preserved in Compose mode. This should fix most post summary hacks. If your hack uses <span> tags, please switch to using <div>s.
  • Lists created in Compose mode can now have new items added to them after switching to Edit HTML and back.
  • Line breaking is no longer lost when editing a post in the old editor that was first written in the new editor.
  • Nested block-level elements no longer create odd blank lines.
  • Non-breaking spaces now consistently appear as &nbsp; in Edit HTML mode.

New Bugs (that we know about)

  • The publish and save buttons wrap oddly on Mac browsers.

Major Remaining Bugs (that we know about)

  • The Font Size menu has 4 sizes instead of 5, and “normal” looks small.
  • Paragraph tags are lost when switching from Edit HTML to Compose.
  • The Blockquote button still behaves oddly, especially in Internet Explorer.
  • The URL an image links to cannot be changed without using Edit HTML mode.
  • Images inserted with this editor do not pick up border styles from the blog template.
  • Inserting a new link with the link dialog loses your place in the post. 

Find anything else? See: How to report HTML bugs with the new post editor

Things Left To Add

  • Toolbar in Edit HTML mode
  • Autosave
  • Spellcheck
  • Video upload
  • FTP image upload
  • Bi-directional text input and Indic transliteration 
  • and a handful of smaller things too numerous to include here

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