Sulfur (sulfur) wrote in suggestions,

WYSIWYG Style Editor

Short, concise description of the idea
People are scared off by %%lj:style tags%%, have no knowledge of html, and really want to create a kick-breadstick journal page. So- why not lend a hand to those in need?

Full description of the idea
I have had people constantly ask me "how do you make your journal all pretty?". Now I know there is already an "easy" style editor (which I've seen), but when I show it to them or even try to explain it to them - they get really confused. They don't know that much HTML and those %% tags certainly aren't going to help them either. So, wouldn't it be neat to just have maybe a java or a seperate program that would serve as a nice journal editor for someone who doesn't know any web code. It could be something simple (like the old version of netscape composer) and provide temp layouts so they could mess around with those. We could even go so far as to have a little wizard (yay!) for really fast style layouts. And then, when they were done, they could save it - and never have to look at those scary %% codes %%!!

An ordered list of benefits
1 > Allow a lot more creative expression with journal writers.
2 > Make it easy for those who don't know HTML to still make a cool layout.
3 > Since styles are only a paiduser thing now, it could be a nice added feature to the list of paid-user benefits
4 > Even for people who KNOW HTML, it would be nice to just have a quick and easy layout maker for once.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
1 > Another program or module to make (and I know you guys hate these things)
2 > Not all WYSIWYG editors are perfect, and often are coded with many problems
3 > Might still confuse some people

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
This would really help out the number of friends who want a really cool journal, and I can't explain how to do it for them. The editor wouldn't have to really get into complex things, like frames and other complicated things - but it should cover little things like a colored scrollbar and non-underlined links. People could even use it just to make a different color schemes (since a lot of people don't know hex codes either)

I hope this wasn't too confusing. I know that if I was a paid user, and I wanted to make a neat page but didn't know anything, I would be inspired if there was something to help me! If I didn't know HTML this would be nice too. Thanx!
Tags: styles, styles: selection/customization interfac, § historical
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