At the moment I am teetering on the edge of another CMS project rabbit hole from which there might be no escape but before I trip and fall into it I have once again been looking at some of the fundamental issues around using CMS products – especially the WYSIWYG question again. [Previously I wrote about it here]
My latest thoughts were sparked by this post from Medium, the new startup from Twitter founder Ev Williams. Unlike the gang at GOV.UK I remain unconvinced about the use of Markdown for occasional editors to update & format pages (despite posts like this one that did make me question my reservations – though after the questioning my feelings remained the same!) and so I was very interested to see this extremely cut down, in-line editing approach being implemented by Medium.
I think it is a model that could work for alot of public sector type sites. The majority of us already lock down as much as possible on the ‘rich text editor’ and I have a feeling that if you removed that ‘layer of abstraction’ that exists between creation and publishing that Ev mentions in his post then more of those lessons about writing for the web might stick [maybe] and those occasional editors would be more comfortable – especially making smaller changes and updates.
Its only a thought – and not one I am going to have the opportunity to test out on this project but maybe one for the future [like if Medium ever comes out of private beta and lets me try it out!]