Another idea for the lazyweb: Over at the Interactivetools.com Forum, I asked Can htmlArea help us do million dollar markup? htmlArea is a WYSIWYG editor replacement for any textarea field, that is, a handy little tool that can be used to enable WYSIWYG-editing in all kind of applications, such as MovableType. I suggested a couple of additions to htmlArea, all inspired by Mark Pilgrim and recent debates. Should the developers at interactivetools.com decide to take up this challenge, I will consider using htmlArea in my blog. I’d really like to have a good WYSIWYG-editor that is also good “behind the screen”, and helps me produce all this million dollar markup rather than all the crappy code such tools normally creates.
Tools like htmlArea only works in Microsoft Explorer, but cross-browser support is not just a dream. htmlArea will soon have support for Mozilla 1.3. Others will follow, I’m sure. As far as Mozilla is concerned, there is already Composite, which only just doesn’t want to work in my Mozilla.
There is much more to making good content than having a nice wysiwyg-editor, however. Benjamin Trott made a very exciting announcement on the last day of last year, namely that MovableType will soon have some new and cool features for Simple and Powerful Text Formatting: We envision Text Formatting options as complete, encapsulated formatters, handling both the formatting of structured text and any desired typographical details (smart quotes, etc).
Meanwhile, Phil Ringnalda offers a Five dollar bookmarklet in response to PapaScott‘s cry for help: What I need is a million dollar authoring app so I can keep track of all those million dollar tags I can use.
Is it just me, or is there a million dollar pattern for an authoring application forming here? Who will ever need Office?