On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM, Isarra Yos <zhorishna@gmail.com> wrote:

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.

In the long term I believe that VE will be the primary editing experience for everyone, and they may occasionally switch to a source mode.

We offered the option because today, large articles still have serious performance issues, so even minor VE-friendly edits, aren't practical when editing those articles.

It's also worth noting that, at least for now, switching between visual and source mode will be expensive on the server and take a bit of time.

I expect we will move more towards this as we go, but it's not viable yet.

- Trevor