Tuesday March 29, 2005
Adam Rifkin has a great rant on your average textarea and I couldn’t agree more with most things he say.
To recap what he says: writing in a textarea sucks. I’m writing this very post in my favorite editor because of that and I don’t know of any plugins or similar that would allow me to click something and have my editor route the text to a textarea. Omniweb sort of gets it right, but I use safari for my main browsing (can I please get undo soon? Thanks Apple) and I want to edit in TextMate.
Copy/pasting back and forth works decently, but it’s an unnecessary step. I would kill for a feature that would embed my favorite editor’s view in place of your average textarea (Apple, are you listening). TextMate has a Service which handles the textarea >-< editor shenanigans, but it’s still in an external application, locking up my browser while I’m writing, thus making it difficult to dig up links and so forth while I’m writing.
I don’t want “rich” textediting, Markdown is rich enough for me, I wish all sites who accepts simple formatting would accept Markdown, bbcode is even worse than html for that stuff, I want to write fast, not write markup.
This isn’t something that should be handled by webdevelopers, it should be handled by the browser. Now I don’t know a lot about windows internals, but it would seem like this should be fairly easy to pull off at least on OSX (see Omniweb) for someone like Apple, or a Safari hacker.
I couldn’t agree more with Adam when he says “HTML forms are some of the least friendly UI in applications today”, so why am I still stuck with this crappy textarea?