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Revision as of 03:17, 15 November 2013

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Text Editor Revamp
Project state In Development
Tracker issue
Discussion https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=243197
Assignee Jason Fowler @ Moodle HQ

Moodle 2.7


Project goals

The primary purpose is to update the default text editor in Moodle to a new editor.

This will improve accessibility, and usability, while replacing the now unsupported TinyMCE 3.5.8.

TinyMCE 3.5.8 will be kept in place for the next few releases, but will likely be disabled by default.

Along with the replacement of the Editor, plugins for TinyMCE 3.5.8 that are included as part of the Moodle release will be made compatible with the new Editor.

What other changes can we make to Moodle and the text editors to give a better user experience?

Considerations

  • Accessibility of the editor - is it at or easy to get it to WCAG AA?
  • Accessibility of the code produced by the editor - is it at or easy to get it to WCAG AA?
  • Maintainability of the links between the editor and Moodle - how much work will we need to do every time we upgrade?
  • Appearance of the editor - can it be modified to look like the other toolbars currently in Moodle?
  • Do the dialogues look the same and have the same accessibilty features we expect from moodle dialogues? Do the dialogues scale/reflow on small screens?
  • Stong feature set - does it support the things our users have come to expect already?
  • String support - how difficult will it be to allow the strings to change when the Moodle language changes?
  • Mobile support - how well does it scale on small screens + touchscreens?
  • Plugin support - can our community write plugins easily?
  • Browser support - does it support all the browsers Moodle does?
  • Loading speed - how quick is it to load the editor ready for use?
  • Upstream support - is the source willing to support it for the lifetime we want (3 years+?)

Out there suggestions

  • Add a picture editor to Moodle
  • Add a "html_tiny" text format with a super cut down editor that supports it (e.g. - no toolbar at all - but still html with bold, italics, cut/paste etc)
  • Drag and drop handling of media

Candidates

  • CKEditor4
  • Atto
  • TinyMCE 4
  •  ???
.. CKEditor 4 Atto TinyMCE 4
Accessible Editor
  • Still minor room for improvement
  • Still minor room for improvement
  • Lots of warnings on the Chrome Accessibility Audit
Accessible Content
  • Unknown
  • Fairly good
  • Fairly good
  • Decorative images need empty alt tag
Maintainable with Moodle
  • Unknown
  • Needs documentation and acceptance tests
  • Unknown
Editor Appearance
  • Can be themed to look like existing toolbars
  • Already looks like existing toolbars
  • Can be themed to look like existing toolbars
  • Menus stand out
  • Can the menu visibility be toggled?
Feature set
  • Almost 100% matching what we have already
  • Still many features left to implement
  • Almost 100% matching what we have already
String Support
  • May need some work to get it working
  • Built with string support in mind
  • Will need some work to get it working
Mobile Support
  • Editor works well, the the dialogues don't
  • Editor works well, as do the dialogues it launches
  • Editor works well, the the dialogues don't
Plugin Support
  • Plugins are easy to write
  • Plenty of 3rd party plugins already out there
  • Plugins support YUI
  • Plugins are easy to write
  • Moodle is the only source of plugins
  • Plugins are easy to write
  • Plenty of 3rd party plugins already out there
Loading Speed
  • Stock editor loads fairly quickly
  • Integrated editor loads fairly quickly
  • Stock editor loads slowly compared to CKEditor

CKEditor 4

Pros:

  • Huge community of developers
  • Plenty of plugins
  • Good existing documentation
  • Inline HTML Source editor - no need to open a dialogue to edit the source

Cons:

Atto

Pros:

  • Excellent accessibility
  • Excellent integration for Moodle strings
  • Inline HTML Source editor - no need to open a dialogue to edit the source

Cons:

  • No table/grid support
  • No Dragmath/ Tex Support
  • We need to document it ourselves
  • No external community to lean on

TinyMCE 4

Pros:

  • Menus allow the toolbars to be less cluttered
  • Huge community of developers
  • Plenty of plugins
  • Good existing documentation


Cons:

  • Swapping from WYSIWYG mode to Source mode launches a dialog

Sub Tasks

  1. Assess different editors
  2. Prototype alternatives
  3. Ask some users
  4. Decide on an editor
  5. Implement editor
    1. Getting the new editor to render without altering the existing DOM - prevents changes needed to maintain third party plugins.
    2. Getting AMOS strings working within Editor.
    3. Getting Filepicker working within Editor Dialogs.
    4. Add file management plugin (Marinas or other)
  6. Disable tinyMCE

Mock-Ups

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