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Mozilla and rich editing

I found this to be quite interesting:

By the looks of it, Mozilla is replicating the rich editing features of IE. They make refrences to IE and MS's implementation in the text.
CONTENTEDITABLE isnt supported yet, they say, but document editable is.
This is interesting to me because it implies that we might see these features become easier to implement on multiple platforms.

Oh rejoice, the day when complex javascripts work in many different browsers is near!

Eric DeBois
Friday, February 6, 2004

The features I am refering to is execCommand and the format block stuff along with the documet editable thingy. I know there are still major differences.


Eric DeBois
Friday, February 6, 2004

Interesting. I tried it with both Mozilla Firebird 0.7 and IE 6 and it work. It has the exact same appearance.

How come the CMS crowd isn't all over this?

Saturday, February 7, 2004

Why should the cms crowd care? The horse bolted long ago. They've put lots of coder hours into making their IE specific editors, why spend all that time again just to support the 2% of users who don't have IE? Especially since their current customer base already knows that IE is required.

If someone doesn't have IE, they can use a textarea. Chances are they're using linux, so they'll just have to read the f'ing manual for html.

Saturday, February 7, 2004

The editable content area is not necessarily IE specific. Mozilla just needs to hop on the bandwagon and support it properly.

Also, I'm pretty sure that no browsers on the Mac, including IE, support the editable content DIVs, so it's more than just Linux that suffers the loss.

Brad Wilson (
Saturday, February 7, 2004

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