Currently, the main editor uses a Word-like WYSIWYG interface. However, this has multiple problems:
- It does not follow the website theme anyway
- As with all WYSIWIG editors, it's quite cumbersome to use
- It can mess up at times, and the only solution will be editing the HTML by hand, using the "Tools → Source code" editor.
- It seems to be so CPU intensive on some platforms that some people will avoid the whole ARM Community completely, since they cannot participate in it.
- It can be abused to create post difficult to read
While I understand that some people posting on the ARM Community are oblivious to anything involving markup languages, I still think that a large proportion are tech-savyy people who already know, or can quickly learn, the basics of Markdown.
The Github flavor of Markdown being a flavor that plays nicely with programming websites, while still being simple to use, I feel that a Github flavor Markdown editor would provide the following benefits:
- Simple. One sharp character for a title, two for a subtitles, ...
- Very light. (It's only text)
- Compatible with most content producing software, which could be used with the new API Key mechanism.
- Produce HTML content limited to what the Markdown parser can produce.
- Makes copying/backing up the content of a document/post simple.
The WYSIWYG editor can still be kept optional for people who really do not want to use Markdown.