27 Sep

fckeditor vs tinymce vs everything else

A few questions for the webdev community – especially javascript coders

Which is easier to use, FCKeditor or TinyMCE? Which is less buggy? Which has the better developers? Which is easier to extend? Are there better editors out there?

I’ve been working with FCKeditor for the last few years, and am getting a bit tired of it.

Almost two years ago, I extended their file manager by providing the ability to delete files or rename them. I submitted the code back to them, and …two years later, you still can’t delete files in the FCKeditor file manager.

Yesterday, I discovered that FCKeditor’s HTML-standards are a little restrictive – it assumes the code will be directly embedded in either the <body>, <noscript> or <blockquote> element. This means that the following code is illegal according to FCKeditor, even though it is legal according to the W3C specifications (if embedded in, say, a <div> element):

<p>some text</p>
<img alt="" src="http://www.fckeditor.net/images/logos.gif" />
<p>some text</p>

I have written some pretty complex code for FCKeditor in the past, including the ability to drag elements from an external list into it, and the ability to create and destroy instances pretty much on the fly, for AJAX apps.

The last paragraph is probably the only reason I am wary of swapping to another WYSIWYG like that *snaps fingers*. I don’t look forward to having to rewrite that functionality – it was hard enough in the first place…

However, today, I spent hours trying to track down a reason why plugins were not loading even though the rest of FCKeditor was. I’m preparing to jump ship now. It’s just too exhausting fixing this editor. I’d prefer to work on a simpler, more robust editor.

I’m tired of its bloat and slowness and am asking you all out there in the web world to tell me what you use, why you use it, and would you recommend it.