a coder a coder - 2 months ago 18
Markdown Question

Integrated Markdown WYSIWYG text editor

In looking for a straightforward WYSIWYG editor for Markdown code, I am not finding a comparible UI to that of CkEditor, TinyMCE, ect.

Specifically, the Markdown "WYSIWYG" editors that are often recommended (such as posts like this ) are not pure WYSIWYG editors in the sense that users either still write raw Markdown ( MarkItUp ) or go to the other extreme of having in-line editing without standard controls ( Hallo ).

I need something in-between.

I'm looking for a Markdown editor that looks and functions like a stripped down CkEditor text box, and that accepts and outputs Markdown. There should be a toolbar with a minimum set of formatting options (B, I, U, lists, ect), and the text entry area should show the converted Markdown, not the raw code. There should be a Source button that will allow users to edit the raw Markdown, but even that is optional. Ex:

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I get the reason for Markdown/wiki, ect - the security it offers. I don't mind entering raw code like here at SE, but my users are not geeks and do not find this enjoyable. They don't want to see * * * ___ and spaces mixed in with their text. They are used to "Word" style editing, and are most productive in that environment.

So - is there a truly integrated WYSIWYG editor for Markdown? I'm writing in a PHP, so something that I can invoke with a class would be perfect.




Sept 23, 2015 Update

CKEditor now has a Markdown addon that does this exact thing. The addon project is hosted on github.

Screenshots:

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Apr 13, 2015 Update

Someone professing to develop CKEditor says that the appearance of CommonMark is a game changer, and we could possibly see a proper markup interface for CKEditor (read comments for the full story).




Feb 6, 2015 Update

CKEditor now comes with a plugin that outputs (and accepts as input) BBCode.

Demo: http://ckeditor.com/demo#bbcode

Answer Source

I was researching in this subject the other day and I haven't found any decent WYSIWYG editor with Markdown output. In fact, first you have to have to create a WYSIWG Markdown editor is WYSIWG HTML editor and there are just few of them that are usable on the market.

There's a chance that you'll be able to create dataProcessor for CKEditor that will change HTML editor into Markdown editor. We've got a plugin for BBCode that works like this (check out http://nightly-v4.ckeditor.com/3737/samples/bbcode.html).

All you have to do is implement this interface http://nightly-v4.ckeditor.com/ckeditor_api/#!/api/CKEDITOR.dataProcessor. If you check BBCode plugin's code you'll see some hacks and tricks, because unfortunately current CKEditor's architecture isn't ready (yet) to create such a data processor. However, I believe that if you want to provide only few styling options you should be able to implement Markdown support pretty quickly.