With Mediawiki 1.16 / Semantic Mediawiki 1.5.2 / Semantic Forms 0.4.1, you could open a form, and in the free text area you could enable a rich text editor, FCKeditor 1.0.1 (a.k.a. CKEditor).
Then there was SMW+, which went to Mediawiki 1.17 / SMW (not sure) / and WYSIWYG, which I believe is an update to FCKeditor. It had the same functionality with Semantic Forms, and they improved it quite a bit over FCKeditor.
The SMW+ is no longer what it used to be (I’ll leave it at that, there are plenty of discussions about it’s status changes online), a group has been updating the WYSIWYG extension to work with later versions of Mediawiki:
I’ve tried it, it’s the best so far and very robust compared to FCKeditor. It has a feature set that appears to greatly exceed that of the roadmap of the VisualEditor effort:
particularly for those of us in a work environment where things like Word import is valuable. You can see a discussion about this here:
I suggest a project to get the WYSIWYG extension working with the latest Semantic Forms, in a way that can be supported with little if any effort in later versions of Semantic Forms. I believe it would be a greatly appreciated effort for more organizations than just mine.
Thanks, and good luck.
Any ideas for a serious class project, like in PHP, perhaps, that also would be useful to SMW?
I have 23 talented junior CS majors who built a SMW-based Wiki this fall. When populated with data, it will show the flow of concepts related to our courses, etc. at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
This same class is next heading into a course in software design. I would love to give them a design and programming project to do, which could benefit this particular Wiki they built, but which also would be of interest to you, the SMW community. I suggested PHP, above, because a key goal of the design course is for the students to become adept at software patterns and other OO skills.
As a student project, this should not be something critical in your development path, but, ideally, if they produced a high quality result, it is something that might end up rolled into the general product or might become an extension. In previous classes, we have ended up submitting results back into SourceForge.
So, do you have specific ideas that come to mind? Or, do you have a “wish list” already, that they could go look at, and choose for themselves?
We would love to have this class be the test case for an ongoing relationship.
Your recommendations are greatly appreciated!
Assoc Prof, CSSE
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