When Drupal 8 launches sometime in early 2014, one of the many new features built into the core will be a WYSIWYG editor.
In our teaching experience, the lack of a WYSIWYG editor has been the most common user complaint about Drupal.
I attended a session today by Nathan Haug, one of the key people behind making this a reality.
- You'll be able to turn off the editor, but it defaults to on when you first install Drupal.
- The editor used will be CKEditor which provides many robust, features including in-line editing, and is a good fit for the Drupal way of doing things.
- Although not ready yet, full image management will be built into the editor! The lack of good media management was actually mentioned by Dries during the keynote as the feature he most wantedin Drupal. This media management will be based on Views so you can change how the images are presented to user.
- The available features of the editor will be managed through text styles and permissions.
Watch the Drupal 8 WYSIWYG Editor presentation
Drupal's new wysiwyg editor for filtered text
Drupal's new wysiwyg editor for full text
This is a huge leap for Drupal and it looks like its going to be an excellent implementation.
Nathan was careful to point out that it's not finished. Because the editor doesn't really have a lot of dependencies, they'll be able to add features all the way until code freeze.
Drupal 8 promises to be a fantastic upgrade to Drupal. The WYSIWYG editor is just one of the new features.