As a user of ASP.NET version RAD Editor for a number of years now and the old RichTextBox before it, I can say that Telerik has delivered an excellent product greatly increased the capabilities of what can be done in the browser. That said, in my opinion the biggest shortcomings of in-browser html editing is not editor, but rather, the underlying engine baked into the various browsers. IE was first out of the gate with this and FireFox et all joined in later. For simple editing they are fine, but they don't deliver a true "desktop like" experience, when it comes to more elaborate html editing. I find that there are always little gotchas that you can live with if you know html and don't mind going into source view, but can be problematic for non-technical users.
My clients want to do more that just apply css to text. The ASP.NET RAD Editor has features that have become key to our CMS. Things like snippents and custom links, as we as the image and document dialogs have allowed our customers to easily handle more complex tasks without having to html, css and FTP.
I see that Telerik is now at the CTP stage for the Silverlight Editor - well done. Now let keep going! Here is what I would like to see.
- First of all, now that we have removed the various browsers from the picture, we can aspire to a more Dreamweaver like feel overall. It's still the benchmark in my opinion.
- Tag Inspector - Vital! When we teach end users how to edit content, we always encourage them to use the tag inspector as opposed to just selection text. It eliminates a great deal of redundant <span> tags. They may not care about creating clean, semantically correct html, but we encourage them to use the tag inspector as a simple way to make a selection. It's easier than dragging the cursor.
- Image and Document managers with upload capabilities - I realize there are other file managers, but those are the 2 biggies for me
- Apply CSS styles - goes without saying
- Paragraph Styles - we encourage our clients to use H1 and H2 from an SEO point of view so this item important
- Control over the tool bar
- Custom Links
I would encourage other Telerik users to keep this discussion going. While I'll continue to happily use the browser version of the editor, I see the Silverlight editor as the future of content management systems I want to build. The more we help Telerik move this product forward, the faster we will have what we need.