[MediaWiki-l] New MediaWiki extension: TinyMCE

Yaron Koren yaron at wikiworks.com
Tue Mar 13 23:25:46 UTC 2018

Hi everyone,

We're very pleased to announce the release of a new WYSIWYG extension for
MediaWiki, "TinyMCE":


As you can probably guess from the name, this extension lets you use
TinyMCE, a popular (and open source) web-based WYSIWYG editor, to edit wiki
pages and textarea fields within the PageForms extension.

We have created this extension based on one called "VisualEditor", which is
part of the BlueSpice package:


It is not related to the much-better-known extension also called
VisualEditor, other than that they're both WYSIWYG editors.

The BlueSpice VisualEditor extension was developed by a team at the company
Hallo Welt!. Duncan then worked to turn this into a true standalone
extension, while I helped with some of the more MediaWiki-related aspects
of it.

Why another WYSIWYG extension? This extension is not as good at editing
wiki pages as VisualEditor (the better-known one). However, it has a number
of advantages, most notably the fact that it's quite a bit easier to
install, since it doesn't require any outside libraries or services - you
just download the code, install it, and everything (hopefully) works.
Another major advantage, for those who use the Page Forms extension, is
that it's easily integrated into the textarea inputs of forms.

Feel free to try this out on your wikis, and let us know on the talk page
if you run into any issues.

Yaron and Duncan

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