October 15, 2007
I am designing <richtext> behavior for htmlayout/sciter… So far I like the way it allows to edit the text.
There are interesting usability problems bubble up sometimes… Let’s say you have following document:
<body> <pre> .... </pre> <table> .... </table> </body>
And now imagine that you need to insert some text (paragraph) between the table and that pre block. Or insert paragraph (<p>) at the beginning of the document – before the <pre>…
I do not know any WYSIWYG HTML editor that allow to handle such operations.
So I have invented “horizontal caret” that marks start-block-position. Enter key in that position causes new paragraph to be inserted.
Here is an example of such caret – blinking black bar in top-left corner of the pre element: