Five Drupal 6 WYSIWYG Editors Reviewed


I reviewed 5 WYSIWYG editor modules for drupal 6: FCKEditor, TinyMCE, WYMeditor, jwysiwyg, HTMLBox. The latter three aren't yet mature, so I saved the in depth reviews for the big guys, tinyMCE and FCKeditor. Truth be told, I decided to have low expectations, and rated these modules against the following:

Never name a theme and a module the same thing

Lets say you're building a drupal website for Bill's Widget Company. You create a custom theme, and a custom module. Now lets also say you are as dumb as me, and decided to name both your theme and module the same thing: bwc. Its a small mistake you'd never make if you thought for a second: "Should my module and theme share the same drupal namespace?" It sounds dangerous, even if you don't know why. Here's why it is dangerous:

Good Times

Now that my employment situation has settled*, I'm feeling great. I forgot how much I loved doing client projects. Compared to a startup, where the problems are extremely complex, the possible solutions are many -- most of them wrong, and the pace is back breaking, client work is relatively straight forward: figure out what they want to do, and put together some technology that does it.

Moving On

Left my two year position as web developer/designer at a start up today. Contact me if you're looking to hire a drupal ninja.

The Worse Things Get, the More the OP/ED Section Shines

I can't remember the last time I read so many noteworthy quotes:
Bob Herbert:

Not a Rhetorical Question

Following today's debacle in the house, and blackest monday seen in two decades (I was 5 years old in 1987), I have to ask:
Is our government run by adults?
First, I read that even those who voted no were surprised it didn't go through (they wanted it both ways...), and then, I read they immediately respond by blaming everyone else (say, the people who worked hardest to get the bill passed) for the mess.
This is the sort of behavior I expect from a 14 year old, not a United States Representative.

Quote of the day: Can you spot Helvetica?

First, it’s worth noting that Typography is not just about choosing a font, or even distinguishing one typeface from another. In recent experiments, trained Monkeys were able to correctly identify Helvetica 90% of the time.

-A Guide to Web Typography

See, you're not special.

Smashing Magazine Gives a Nod to Drupal

If I could read only one web design blog in the world, it would be smashing magazine. At one time, (maybe 2004-2005ish), I would have picked A List Apart.

The Tao of Churchill


Winston Churchill's way is one I admire:

  • The length of this document defends it well against the risk of its being read.
  • However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
  • Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.
  • We are all worms. But I believe that I am a glow-worm.
  • I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
  • Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
  • Play the game for more than you can afford to lose... only then will you learn the game.
  • He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
  • I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
  • If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
  • Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
  • If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack.
  • The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
  • The first quality that is needed is audacity.
  • War is a game that is played with a smile. If you can't smile, grin. If you can't grin, keep out of the way till you can.
  • You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.


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