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Now we have a nice side-by-side diff in the 'suggested edits' review pages, and as an option in edit history, could something similar be made available as an option when editing a post?

It wouldn't need to be interactive - a button to get the side-by-side diff of the current state of your edit, versus the original would do. This would be useful when shuffling lots of whitespace around - a final check that you haven't broken some embedded code.

A workaround at the moment is to submit the edit, then check the side-by-side view in the edit history.

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This will also help to create the edit summary when doing longer edits. – PaĆ­lo Ebermann Sep 12 '11 at 22:49
I would love this... especially since the workaround only works for >2k users. – Jonas Heidelberg Oct 8 '11 at 18:00
... I have to correct myself: on my own activity page, there is a link to my suggested edit in diff format. – Jonas Heidelberg Oct 10 '11 at 0:09
Commenting today because I just ran into this problem. I'd like to see what I've changed before I submit the edit, to make sure that I didn't change the meaning of any of their sentences. – Riking Mar 25 '13 at 15:44
Since i recently learned, that stuff went missing in my edits while reformatting post or questions, i'd also like that very much to reconfirm that all the data is still there. – scones Apr 6 '13 at 7:23
This is not a duplicate of 72645 - that refers to viewing the effect of an edit after the fact, whereas this request is for a side-by-side whilst editing. I thought that was clear in the question, apparently not. – martin clayton Apr 10 at 6:42
Agreed, this is about seeing a diff before submitting the change. The other post was a feature request about how diffs are displayed after submitting. Voted to reopen. – Martijn Pieters Apr 10 at 7:25

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