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Changes since 3.0-Beta:
ContextMenu plugin (provides a nice context menu with common
operations, including table ops, link ops, etc.)
CSS plugin (provides an easy way to insert/change CSS classes)
FullPage plugin (allows HTMLArea to edit a whole HTML file,
not only the content within <body>.)
Changes in the SpellChecker plugin
Many bugfixes: now it works ;-) Fully Unicode-safe.
Speed and bandwidth optimization: reports the list of
suggestions only once for each mispelled word; this helps
in cases where you have, for instance, the word “HTMLArea”
in 10 places all over the document; the list of
suggestions for it--which is kind of huge--will only be
User interface improvements: the highlighted word will
remain in view; in cases where it's normally outside, the
window will be scrolled to it.
Added a "Revert" button for those that change their minds ;-)
Added a "Info" button which reports information about the
document, retrieved by the server-side spell checker:
total number of words, total number of mispelled words,
number of suggestions made, spell check time, etc. More
can be easily added. FIXME: this part
is not yet internationalized.
The server-side spell checker now uses XML::DOM instead of
HTML::Parser, which means that it will be unable to parse
“tag-soup” HTML. It needs valid code. Usually HTMLArea
generates valid code, but on rare occasions it might fail
and the spell checker will report a gross error message.
This gonna have to be fixed, but instead of making the
spell checker accept invalid HTML I prefer to make
HTMLArea generate valid code, so changes are to be done in
other places ;-)
Changes in the core editor
Easier to setup: you only need to load
htmlarea.js; other scripts will be loaded
and examples updated.
Better plugin support (they register information about
themselves with the editor; can register event handlers for
the editor, etc.)
New about box; check it out, it's cool ;-)
Word cleaner (can be enabled to automatically kill Word crap
on paste (see Config.killWordOnPaste); otherwise accessible by
pressing CTRL-0 in the editor; a toolbar button will come up
Image preview in "insert image" dialog. Also allows
modification of current image, if selected.
New "insert link" dialog, allows target and title
specification, allows editing links.
Implemented support for text direction (left-to-right or
Lots of bug fixes! ... and more, I guess ;-) an
automatically generated change log
is now available.
I don't have the power to go through the bug
system at SourceForge
now. Some of the bugs reported there may be fixed; I'll update
their status, some other time. If you reported bugs there and now
find them to be fixed, please let me know.
Changes since 3.0-Alpha:
- Performance improvements.
- Many bugs fixed.
- Plugin infrastructure.
- TableOperations plugin.
- SpellChecker plugin.
- Status bar.
- API for registering custom buttons and drop-down boxes in the
- Toolbar can contain text labels.
- Cut, copy, paste, undo, redo buttons.
Rationale for Beta
Why was this released as "Beta"? The code is quite stable and it
didn't deserve a "Beta" qualification. However, there are some things
left to do for the real 3.0 version. These things will not affect the
API to work with HTMLArea, in other words, you can install the Beta
right now and then install the final release without modifying your
code. That's if you don't modify HTMLArea itself. ;-)
To-Do before 3.0 final
- We should use a single popup interface. Currently there are two:
dialog.js and popupwin.js; dialog.js emulates modal dialogs, which
sucks when you want to open "select-color" from another popup and not
from the editor itself. Very buggy in IE. We should probably use only
modeless dialogs (that is, popupwin.js).
- Internationalization for the SpellChecker plugin.
- Internationalization for the TableOperations plugin.
- People who sent translations are invited to re-iterate through
their work and make it up-to-date with lang/en.js which is the main
lang file for HTMLArea-3.0. Some things have changed but not all
translations are updated.
Last modified: Wed Mar 31 19:18:26 EEST 2004