Perhaps we're asking the wrong question
There are two options, and how they are presented either results
in problems with clutter, or with clarity, but both options are
for the same action of editing the page/section. So why present
the options until the user clicks on the link for editing at all?
Now at that point it could go with a dropdown presenting the
choices, but let's look at how this sort of thing, with two or
more edit modes, is usually done across existing platforms: Click
the link/button, and generally it opens up to the visual editor by
default. From there, the source mode is a tab or option that can
then be switched between as needed, with the visual editor also
doubling as a preview if the user is working mostly in source.
Wordpress is a good example. Their visual editor itself makes me
want to cry, but the interface is clearly navigable and such. It's
basically what I expected with this when I first heard of it as
On 21/06/13 17:40, Trevor Parscal wrote:
VisualEditor has the option to take over section edit
links. We find this is probably going to be unpopular for people
who want to at least sometimes edit wikitext, but don't want to
loose them as VisualEditor users. After discussing a few different
options, including showing both links (really cluttered and
horribly long in some languages) and using icons (no icon would
really convey what we want here).
We have decided that it's probably best to make the edit link
show an alternative in a menu on hover. There's a prototype of
this (somewhere) that MatmaRex has hacked together (screenshot
attached) which is close. I mocked something up that is similar
but perhaps a little better looking.
Max brings up a good point about my mockup, which is that it
doesn't quite fit with other vector-isms. Given that Vector is
something we want to evolve, we shouldn't get too caught up in
that, but it's something worth considering since deviation from
what vector is today should probably only be done if it's in the
direction of what Vector should be in the future.
I'm hoping that others on the list could perhaps make
suggestions, offer ideas, make simple mockups or prototypes and
help make this feature as good as possible.
We need to have this solved quickly since we are releasing in
a couple of weeks.
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