Fresh Feature Alert: Text Editor Toolbar

Today is part three of our look at some of the new features we rolled out this weekend: our new text editor toolbar. (Part one, part two.)

This is a big step forward for our once-humble text editor: a full toolbar, just like our visual editor. But before I get ahead of myself, I should probably explain that our text editor is an optional way to look at the ‘wikitext’ behind your pages. It’s available by clicking ‘Text Editor’ when you’re working on a page or as an option in your account settings. Previously, our text editor was a bit spartan, just a big text box with the usual preview and save buttons. You had to know our wikitext syntax to make changes to your pages. Now the text editor toolbar works just like its visual editor cousin, and offers the same shortcuts to format and lay out text.

Wikispaces Text Editor Toolbar

If you’re a user of our regular visual editor, you’ll probably never see this change. But if you’re a fan of getting your hands dirty, we think the new toolbar will really speed up editing. Enjoy!

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  1. Tracy
    Posted July 14, 2007 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    When will you be adding a spell check features and additional features to change text, like colors and font style?
    Regardless, love this space!

  2. Posted July 16, 2007 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    This is actually a great update, I have to admit I’ve walked back to the text editor, and switch to the visual only when I need it.

    No more switching for special characters at last.

  3. Posted July 16, 2007 at 7:44 am | Permalink


    Font color and style are both up there on our priority lists. We get a lot of requests for that.

    Spell check is less critical as many of our users find browser based spell check very usable. Firefox 2 has spell check built in by default. But we’ll definitely consider it.

    Thanks too for the support.

  4. Posted July 16, 2007 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Glad you like it Mikebloke.

  5. Posted July 23, 2007 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Is there a way to copy-and-paste text from a word processing document (Word or OpenOffice) into the editor for the wiki and preserve things like italics, bold text, etc?

    I’m considering using WikiSpaces for posting sections of a story I’m doing on my podcast.


  6. Posted July 23, 2007 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Sure you can Carol. The formatting we support should be retained.

  7. Rebecca
    Posted August 9, 2007 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Are you thinking about making the table properties easier to format in the visual editor?

  8. Posted August 13, 2007 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Yep. Table formatting is on our list.

  9. Posted August 15, 2007 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    My work needs to be creative – lots of pictures, bold and creative text and photo graphs – mine to be added plus the students. Our focus is a ‘Room with a view. What are my chances, I’m sure its endless I know I’ll enjoy the discovery. The kids will too.

  10. Posted August 20, 2007 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    How exactly do you copy and paste from Word?
    It was pretty easy to set up the basics but it would be perfect if copy and paste from Word was simple.

  11. Posted August 20, 2007 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Never mind. I figured it out. Thank you for a great tool!

  12. Posted August 22, 2007 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Hi Adam or To Whom It May Concern:

    What differentiates a Wikispace from a Blogspot or a blog? I am trying to make a decision between the two and stick with it. Can I integrate it with Blogspot? Can I use it for profit? Do you think Google will buy you out? Thanks.

  13. Posted August 22, 2007 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    A blog is like a journal. You update it with new posts on a regular basis.

    A wiki is more like a whiteboard. You make some changes, other people make changes and the pages you are working on evolve over time. So it’s a collaborative workspace.

    You can use Wikispaces for profit.

  14. cody
    Posted August 24, 2007 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    spell check would be great for teachers who want students to edit from home (where it is much harder to say, ‘use firefox and its built in spell check function.’)

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