Full WYSIWYG interface for all browsers:
From today we have upgraded our Discussion Community system to include a major new feature: a full WYSIWYG ('What you see is what you get') editor for posting and editing in the forum, that works across all major browser platforms -- including Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome. You will not need to do anything to access this interface: it will simply be present when you post a new forum submission or reply, a Private Message, or any other editing interface (though if ever you want to see the root 'code' of your message, with all its formatting tags, you can simply press the button in the upper left-hand corner of the editor bar, and it will toggle to that view).
This new WYSIWYG editor makes entering and editing your posts to the Discussion Community much easier and more robust. You can add basic formatting (bold, italic, etc.) with the editor buttons or standard keyboard shortcuts (e.g. CTRL+B for bold on a Mac); you can paste links in line; you can see your bullet-point lists and indentation, etc., properly while editing; and as a new feature you can also use the editor's interface to create a table in your post, if you desire precise columns or text formatting.
A few features of the new editor, beyond the WYSIWYG functionality which many members have been requesting for a long time (though we've supported it in the past for Firefox), are particularly worthy of mention:
Auto-save as you type:
The editor now automatically saves your message as you type it, every 40 seconds. This happens in the background, without you needing to do anything; you'll simply notice an unobtrusive yellow notice reading 'Auto-saved' flashes in the bottom right-hand corner of the editor when this happens.
Auto-save helps protect your progress in a message, if your computer should suddenly crash, your internet fail, etc. If you are interrupted in your writing, simply go back to the thread or area where you were writing before, and in the bottom left-hand side of the editor a button reading 'Restore from Auto-Saved Text' will appear; click this, and your last auto-saved version will be inserted into the editor (including message content, and the subject / title line, if applicable) and you can keep editing.
This feature is intelligent, and applies auto-saved restore options specifically to the area of the forum where you were writing. So if, for example, you were creating a new thread in the 'Doctrine of God' area, and your internet connection was lost, the 'Restore from Auto-Saved Text' button will appear for you when you go back to that area to create a new thread there -- but it won't appear if you try to create a thread in a different place, helping you keep things organised.
We are sure this feature will be much welcomed by many of you!
Paste from Microsoft Word:
Pasting content from Microsoft Word (which some members prefer, as the spell-check, editing, proofing, etc. features of that programme are robust and some people are simply more accustomed to typing in it) has always been a problem, because Word uses its own formatting tags and coding which have tended to create hideously formatted posts when pasted into the forum, including hundreds of unusable formatting tags, etc. For this reason, we've often had to reject messages that were pasted from Word, since they were essentially unreadable.
90% of the time, you won't need or want to cut-and-paste from Word, as the new WYSIWYG editor provides all the formatting tools you'll need for forum posts; however, when the occasion arises when you might wish to paste something from a Word document, doing so is now simple. Click the 'Paste from MS Word' button in the editor, and a small window appears. Paste your MS Word text into this small pop-up window, then click the button, and the forum will convert Words formatting into its own, and remove any tags that the forum does not support. You'll see the properly forum-formatted text appear within our editor.
We hope you will enjoy and benefit from these new features!