Did You Know: Annotum and the Visual Editor-The TinyMCE – Javascript WYSIWYG Editor

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Hi,

Let us have a look on the Editor in WordPress-Annotum and explain it a bit, there is a need as it is different from what Knol Authors were used

First have a look at Crowd Favorite: Structured XML editor in TinyMCE to understand the philosophy behind it…

WordPress-Annotum uses a reduced version of the TinyMCE – Javascript WYSIWYG Editor, see below the original version:

Image (screenshot) Credit: tinymce

and here below the version used in WordPress-Annotum which they call “Visual Editor”:

As you might see when comparing both versions above their is a big difference, WordPress-Annotum uses a very reduced version of what is possible with the TinyMCE – Javascript WYSIWYG Editor

GM: I would have wished to have access to the full version as it gets more editing possibilities, but probably the creators of Annotum wanted to have a simplified version of it to provide their users an easy to get used Editor and that later they will make an update to the full version…

My suggestion: It would be good tho have the full version and the simplified version integrated where the user could make himself the choice between what he wants to use, thus by checking a box…

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Update (December 13, 2011): Comment from annotum

Actually, the choice of the smaller feature set has little to do with ease of use, and much more to do with ensuring clean XML output according to the NLM-Kipling DTD. We’ve never said we would “make an update to the full version..” but it is of course possible that we might add some more functionality as the system is updated.

It turns out that adding more of these features significantly complicates the process of ensuring clean markup — so for example we would likely never add a “font” selector, as the typeface is solely the province of the journal designer, not the author.

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Good to know

In “Edit-Mode” when working with the Editor this is what you see first:

If you want to see all the tool bars of the Editor you need to click the icon “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink” as shown below:

This will result in displaying all the possibilities of the Editor as shown below:

For further details on How-To use theVisual Editor” please visit Support-Visual Editor

Stay tuned for next small tutorials and posts😉

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  1. annotum

    I would have wished to have access to the full version as it gets more editing possibilities, but probably the creators of Annotum wanted to have a simplified version of it to provide their users an easy to get used Editor and that later they will make an update to the full version…

    My suggestion: It would be good tho have the full version and the simplified version integrated where the user could make himself the choice between what he wants to use, thus by checking a box…

    Actually, the choice of the smaller feature set has little to do with ease of use, and much more to do with ensuring clean XML output according to the NLM-Kipling DTD. We’ve never said we would “make an update to the full version..” but it is of course possible that we might add some more functionality as the system is updated.

    It turns out that adding more of these features significantly complicates the process of ensuring clean markup — so for example we would likely never add a “font” selector, as the typeface is solely the province of the journal designer, not the author.

  2. Gust MEES

    Hi,

    Many thanks for your comment, much appreciated… I updated my post by including your comment in the post, so readers will get the right information from the creators of Annotum itself…

    As I am a newbie on WordPress-Annotum, I appreciate very much this sort of Communication (The letter “C” in ICT…) which makes life much more easy and which gives readers and authors a professional feedback…

    Please feel free to give me any necessary comment on my posts which allows me to publish as professional as possible… As a newbie I certainly will make some mistakes till I am completely used to it, so I appreciate any comment, especially from its creators… Thanks again…

    May I ask You also here (or where should I?) if there will be a possibility to integrate “Google Docs” in Annotum? I created the majority of my knols (with co-authors) and some fellow co-authors created also knols with embedded “Google Docs”, so when migrating the knols we would have a big problem😦

    I miss also a publication possibility of “Picasa-Slideshows”, don’t tell me please to use Flickr as it doesn’t give enough FREE space for my photos and I would need to buy more space😦, step I certainly will not do…

    I will provide You with an example on Knol to better understand my queries for Annotum enhancement and for the need of Knol Authors…:

    – Luxembourg Portal: http://knol.google.com/k/luxembourg-portal?collectionId=vdujwtjyx3uq.67&position=14#

    In this knol is also integrated a News (Google Docs…)…

    I miss also a “restore to previous version” function in Annotum, which was very helpful in Knol… Nobody is perfect (me certainly not neither…)… This would be very helpful…

    Please don’t tell m to upgrade for a paying version, I will certainly not do that😉

    Would be nice if You could provide us that possibility to integrate “Google Docs”, thanks in advance…

    Have a nice day and best regards,
    Gust

  3. laduke

    I’m really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays..

    • Gust MEES

      Hi laduke,

      Thx a lot for your comment, much appreciated🙂

      You were asking if this is a “paid Theme”, NO it is a new FREE Theme from WP, called “Annotum”… So everybody can use it!

      I was only using (nearly…) ALL the possibilities which this Theme is providing, still learning how to use them all, LOL😉 It’s an great NEW Theme which gives us authors a lot of possibilities to work together as multi-authors on one blog!!!

      Have a nice day and best regards,
      Gust

  4. signaalh

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  5. Gust MEES

    Hi signaalh,

    Thx a lot for your comment, much appreciated🙂

    Stay tuned for next posts, there will be a lot coming soon… as quick as I learn new stuff I will publish it to share it with other readers and authors😉

    Have a nice day and best regards,
    Gust

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