Critical issues presentations/Closing the gap between WYSIWIG and text editing

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Submission no. 201
Title of the submission

Closing the gap between WYSIWIG and text editing

Author of the submission
  • Richard Farmbrough
Country of origin

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Topics

Outreach, Technical

Keywords
  • Visual editor
  • HCI
  • empowering
  • editor retention
Abstract

The traditional wiki model is very low-tech, the input device being scarcely more advanced than a glass teletype, but extremely powerful.

Conversely the shiny new Visual Editor, and other mega projects have attempted to move the interface into the point-and-click web paradigm, arguably simple to use, but loosing the power of wiki-constructs.

We explore a number of ways of delivering point-and-click functionality based on standard or only slightly modified wiki-technology.

We also look at simplifying the wiki-interface to make it less daunting for those who decide to move beyond the Visual Editor.

Result

Not accepted