[whatwg] Regarding rich text editing

Max Romantschuk max at provico.fi
Thu Jul 1 22:13:13 PDT 2004

I realize I may well be opening a can of worms here, and I don't wish to 
start a flame war... but I still would like to take the opportunity to 
highlight this issue:

In secion 1.5. (Missing features) of the  it states that (among other 
things) a rich text editing or HTML editing control was ejected for this 
version of the specification.

I feel that a rich text editing control should be considered for 
inclusion after all. It might be that there is some serious issue I 
haven't considered, so it would be nice to hear the original grounds for 

The reason I think a rich text editing control is rather important is 
simple: Almost all web applications involve some level of web 
publishing, and most end users love rich text editing.

We use the MSHTML editor in one of our products at work, and the editing 
features have been a huge selling point. It's a real shame it only works 
on IE. (We have a fallback based on regular forms tough.)

I believe that a standardised interface for rich text editing would be a 
very good addition to Web Forms 2, despite the issues with creating a 
solid specification for something this complex.

I won't open up discussion on actual implementation just yet, but I 
would like to hear the opinions of other list participants on this 
issue. Does anyone else think this would be a good thing?


PS. To save you all some Googling, for comparison:

Max Romantschuk

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