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Which InputFormatter & Editor do you use / recommend?

The default InputFormatter on a new (2.1b1) installation is Simple Html, here on Vanilla Forums it's Markdown and I guess the only other option to choose from is BBCode.

On a new installation and here on Vanilla Forums the default editor + Button Bar is used, I have tried CLEditor but I'm not convinced (and it was mentioned it's causing problems when quoting?). I guess those two are the only editor options?

I've never had to do with Markdown before, and I for myself have never used anything else than BBCode when participating in a forum.

Is Markdown the recommended way when building a next generation community forum with Vanilla?

Is it better to stick with the default editor + Button Bar than CLEditor?

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  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    In my community we use BBCode + Button Bar. We use bbcode because everyone there is familiar with it. If I were starting fresh, I would go with Markdown. It really is easier to use that bbcode.

    I second not using CLEditor. If you absolutely need a wysiwyg, I also suggest Wysihtml5.

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  • MasterOneMasterOne ✭✭
    edited May 2013

    Button Bar + Markdown it is :)

    Thought so that CLEditor isn't a good idea, which makes me wonder why it's included in the Vanilla core package.

    Wysihtml5 looks interesting as well, I think I'll install it to take a look.

  • A wysiwyg Markdown editor as in http://dillinger.io/ will be awesome :)

  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    Perhaps hallo.js is more feasible?

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  • R_JR_J Cheerleader & Troubleshooter Munich Moderator

    The editor at dillinger.io is not a WYSIWYG editor but a simple text highlighting textarea with a nice preview. It would be nice if you have something like that when you are using an extremely big screen. I can not imagine how this could be used inside of a forum.
    The same goes for hallo.js: its strength is to edit text directly in place but that's not needed when writing a post in a forum.


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  • onreaonrea New
    edited January 2014

    @R_J said:
    I can not imagine how this could be used inside of a forum.

    It can be use here: http://vanillaforums.org/post/discussion/questions where there is enough space. www.AskUbuntu.com uses something like this concurrently on the topic creation page.

  • R_JR_J Cheerleader & Troubleshooter Munich Moderator

    Hm – I just have thought about putting preview and input area side by side, which I think looks nice but isn’t the right way to do it, because of the different width the text will have later on.
    But you’re right: if you put the preview right below the input area, it would be very handy.


  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    @R_J I mentioned hallo.js since it is effectively a jQuery plugin that could be implemented as a plugin quite easily. Create a new div that covers the input, and copy the markdown output to the input of the editor forms. Simple, wysiwyg editing for markdown.

    That said, I think the benefit of markdown is that wysiwyg is not needed. I probably wouldn't use it. Others might though :D

    (The above was originally written in direct reply to @R_J but apparently wasn't submitted)

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  • A concurrent preview is best choice!

  • hgtonighthgtonight ∞ · New Moderator

    @onrea you might be interested in a new plugins @kasper released called Epic Editor: http://vanillaforums.org/addon/epiceditor-plugin

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  • KasperKasper Scholar of the Bits Copenhagen Vanilla Staff
    edited March 2014

    Like @hgtonight‌ mentioned, Epic Editor is definitely a good choice if concurrent preview is what you're looking for—the editor features a full-screen mode with this exact feature.

    Also, if in-place editing is your thing, you should take a look at Medium Editor.

    I should however add that @R_J‌ is probably right in saying that these types of editors might not be suited for forums—do therefore consider both plugins as experimental.

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