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markItUp is a simple enhancement to textarea that adds icons that help writing markup for popular markup languages (markdown, textile, bbcode).
It’s not wysiwyg but it does help in case you forget the markup syntax, which happens to me a lot. The forgetting was bothering me enough to improve the edit area on this blog, hence experimenting with markItUp.
markItUp turned out to be a good solution:
- easy to integrate
- supports multiple markup languages
- uses jQuery (which is good for me, because I already use jQuery here, but might not be good if you’re using a different toolkit)
- does have support for preview via server-side converter scripts. I haven’t used it - I’ve build preview system using the same ideas in just a few lines of code
I also looked at wmd-new, which is used on StackOverflow. I didn’t use it because it only supports markdown (my markup of choice is textile, mostly because markdown’s support for source code fragments is madness).
I’ve also looked at rich-text editing like tinymce and ckeditor, but they are pretty big, don’t support code snippets well and have way too many buttons (my ideal rich text editor would support only small set a features, somewhere between etherpad and Google’s Weave editor).
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