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Questions tagged [editor]

The standard editor for Stack Exchange posts, which supports a live preview of Markdown syntax.

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Allow questions to be saved as drafts prior to posting

Many times it takes me a while to properly compose my question before posting. Sometimes it's just a jumble of ideas and concepts, and is not something I'd want seen immediately. However, there is no ...
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Editor improvements for images and links

We are launching some editor improvements today. These improvements are required as a part of our responsive design efforts, but we think they are generally useful in any case. So we are making them ...
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Can we get rid of the disclosure triangles that don't disclose anything on the edit screen? [closed]

I can't count the number of times I've tried to click one of these triangles: Could we change them to something more... non-clickable? Like these little things: ● ● ● ●?
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Add explicit support for citing scientific literature

The number of scientific Stack Exchange sites is increasing steadily currently we have for the natural sciences: Statistical Analysis, Math, Theoretical Computer Science, Physics, Skeptics, Astronomy, ...
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Mysterious Butt

I was attempting to answer a question today on SO and include some screenshots to help illustrate what I was talking about. Everything was fine until I went to upload my fourth image. Here is what ...
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Improvements to editor for formatting source code

Does anyone else have problems with the editor? I may be doing something incredibly stupid, but I find that whenever I use tab I tab out of the box. This is obviously irritating if you're trying to ...
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Support anchor names in posts

I admit this feature request is probably somewhat limited in useful scope, but I'm throwing it out there anyway. Inspired by this answer, and because I want to use it on this one, I'm requesting that ...
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How to strike text? [duplicate]

Sorry but I couldn't find this info. How do I strike the text?
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The editor should be able to convert multi-line blocks to lists

Let's say I write up a bunch of rows and decide I want to make it a list: Item 1 Another Item Something Else When I mark each line and click the "List" button (doesn't matter which one), the Editor ...
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Add increase/decrease tab indent buttons to the editor toolbar

These should work by adding spaces or removing spaces from the beginning of the current line or every line between the start and end of a text selection (inclusive). (edited this question to ...
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Auto indentation in code editor

When writing code in the question/answer editor's code block I believe that it would be extremely useful if we could have the code auto indented instead of being forced to hit space bar multiple times....
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Make Ctrl+K indent entire lines even when the first and last are only partially highlighted

When we select text for indenting, e.g. and Ctrl+k, we get this: I don't think our target audience is accustomed to this behavior, although I could be wrong. The following programs indent entire ...
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Add a button for adding code highlighting for a specific language [duplicate]

Currently, the following code: <!-- language: lang-php --> <?php="test"?> <!-- language: lang-xml --> <bug cat="md" name="syntax"> Generates the following markdown:...
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Add support for abbr tag

The <abbr> tag is useful to clarify abbreviations without hunting down external links for them. Migrating this from: http://stackoverflow.uservoice.com/pages/1722-general/suggestions/118664-add-...
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Multi paragraph list items, OR preventing numbered list auto formatting

How do I either: Create a numbered list item that has multiple paragraphs (broken with newlines), or As a workaround, prevent the editor from automatically formatting lists marked with "N." (since ...
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Adding a new link to a post messes up indexes in square brackets in code already present in the post

In an answer, I was adding some links to the documentation, after I wrote some PHP code. As result, the code was altered. Take as example the following Markdown with an indented code block. if (...
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Stop inserting hard line-wraps in blockquotes!

When you use the markdown editor's blockquote feature (the quote button / Ctrl+Q), it inserts hard line-wraps in the markdown source automatically for you. That is, it transforms text like this: ...
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Let me preview an edit so that it appears with the same style as revisions

I am editing a question and would like to preview my changes prior to saving. I can see how the page will look and can optionally hide this preview. However, I would like to see the actual changes ...
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Could the <kbd> tag be added to the editing help?

I happen to like the <kbd> tag for showing when keys should be pressed, but I can never remember it on the very few occasions that it would actually be useful. Having it in the help file would ...
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WMD editor bug: German keyboard layout - “@” creates blockquote section

Looking at the WMD editor tooltips, I see that Ctrl+Q is supposed to create a blockquote: "Blockquote <blockquote> Ctrl+Q" In the German keyboard layout, the @ and Q share one key, you would ...
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Add an Image Upload button to the Mobile Site

With the release of iOS 6, the most commonly used mobile browser now supports standard generic image upload buttons. This is actually really handy. I can take screenshots on my phone or iPad, and use ...
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Why should users have to press Return twice to insert new lines?

When I post a question and want to add a new line, I have to press Return two times, or else the next text will appear on the same line. Is this really supposed to behave this way? If so, why?
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Automatically resize high-resolution screenshots

On a modern Apple device with a high-resolution screen, if I take a screenshot of a window, this is what I get: As you can see, when the image is displayed normally, it's too big. Because my screen ...
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add LaTeX support to Markdown/WMD

I'm planning a (the?) StackExchange site for mathematics. I think it will be awesome, but there is one major difference between mathematicians and programmers which will be a source of friction in the ...
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Editor's undo does not track pastes

The editor doesn't seem to know when a paste occurs. Example: Open a new editor (either to write a new post or to edit an existing one), and paste some text as the first thing you do. Notice that the ...
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Adding a link with a space in front causes the link to not work

When you paste a link into the "Insert Hyperlink" box, it adds it automatically as a citation link: [Example 1][1] [1]: http://example.com But when you paste a link starting with a space , it ...
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The case of the tags that weren't there because they were scared of my burnination skills, I guess

This question popped into my RSS feed and, of course, I had to take a peek. The title is captivating. Before voting to close, I tried to edit out the redundant tags, maybe just down to one. ...
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Font in editor for editing posts has become proportional

When editing a post, the font in the edit box with source code for the post is proportional: This does not happen when posting new questions or answers: Tested with the latest Firefox and Safari on ...
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Allow us to paste in an image from the clipboard without clicking the image button first

I love being able to paste an image from the clipboard in having clicked the insert image button, but I don't like needlessly clicking on things if I don't have to (mostly!) Currently what happens is ...
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Max length check ignores markup, results in truncation of long, formatted answers

First reported here by haylem. Steps to reproduce: Construct a post consisting of exactly 30,000 non-markup characters (no HTML or Markdown formatting). Here's one for you: Formatting Sandbox Edit ...
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Detection/fix for the hanging close bracket of a code block

I cannot recall how many times I have edited questions like this (look at the bottom part in red).. Down there at the bottom is a } that should obviously have been included in the code block. I ...
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On Mac browsers, Command-L should select the address bar

When I view any normal site on a Macintosh using Safari, Chrome or Firefox, Command-L selects all the text in the address bar, allowing me to navigate somewhere by URL. This is similar to Alt-D, the ...
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Allowing Ctrl+k in comments [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Formatting Keyboard Shortcuts for Comments I often use `keyword` (quotes around keywords) to highlight some keyword or phrase in comments. While the backticks work, the ...
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Don't kick me out of my editor when somebody else edited the post

Since a few days or weeks ago, when I am editing a post and somebody else submits an edit (directly, no review needed), I see a banner above my editor: There has been an edit made to this post. ...
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Ctrl+Z undoes twice in editor

When I press Control+Z in the editor for Ask/Answer question, my last 2 modifications are undone. What I mean is, that if I press Control+Z, followed by Control+Shift+Z, the text will not be the same ...
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CSS for textarea should resize vertical

I've noticed that on Firefox and Chrome that the textareas are resizable vertically as well as horizontally; the resize rule not having been set. I occasionally break the layout a bit when I resize ...
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Option to disable keyboard shortcuts in WMD [duplicate]

I use Safari because it supports most of Emacs keyset in textareas. Unfortunately, Stack Overflow breaks that. (Especially annoying are strong text (C-b, left-arrow), followed shortly by enter code ...
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Enable tab and shift + tab for code formatting

After some discussion on this question I decided to make a feature-request (or at least a discussion about it). It would be very nice to be able to use Tab and Shift+Tab to move code blocks (like in ...
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Where's the WMD editor open source project?

Where is the open source project for the WMD editor used on this site?
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Can we get a toggle button in the post editor that lets us use the Tab key to insert 4 Spaces?

Could we get a Toggle Button when writing a post that would make it so that the Tab key inserts Space x 4 instead of tabbing out of the TextBox? There are so many times when I'm writing an answer ...
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Blockquote glitch in editor in Chrome 6 and 7

Please star this ticket rchern helpfully created to help have the bug addressed: Issue 56095: Markdown behavior since v6 branch Well, I would just bump up this question with an edit, but my ...
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Certain character sequences break the markdown editor

In this post, attempting to insert an image with the editor does nothing. When I click the image button, enter a link, and proceed, nothing happens. After this (not shown in GIF below), the live ...
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Allow folding/collapsing of certain segments of posts

A question with attachments, screenshots and/or long code, makes it vertically long and often difficult to read fast. It would be nice to have a new kind of format, such as 'hideable', with a graphic ...
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Imgur upload box is not keyboard-friendly

We have lots of wonderful keyboard shortcuts with which to compose an answer. One of these is CTRL-G, which brings up the image uploader. Unfortunately, the resulting box requires me to remove my ...
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Auto escape URL when entering with hyperlink button (Ctrl+L)

Whenever the following characters appear in an URL in a link of the form [foo][1] … [1]: http://..., the server won't parse it as URL: ^, {, }, \ and the following won't work in preview: $, ^, *, ...
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CUT & Paste are not considered undoable operations

I finally figured out why the text editor sometimes behaves unexpectedly. Basically it doesn't consider cut or paste as undoable operations. So, if I cut something, there is no entry in the undo ...
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Is it ok to save and re-upload images in questions?

Some of the questions and answers I've been tidying up have sample screenshots where the images are hosted by third party sites such as ImageShack. To guard against potential image rot in the future ...
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What HTML editor is used by Stack Overflow?

The Stack Overflow HTML editor is the best I've seen. Is it available as a downloadable component?
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Can I use Stack Overflow's reengineered WMD editor?

I hope this isn't an outrageous question. I'm developing a Web application that is going to be sort of like a blogging platform, but aimed towards storing snippets of code. I have read the blog posts ...
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Enable spell check on title, search and tag input element

This is a repost of Spell-checking in question titles on Meta.Gaming, except that this post furnishes the necessary technical details for it to work. All input type="text" elements, by default, do ...