HTML5 is one of the fastest evolving web technologies we know; so much that many web browsers are still trying to catch up to its full feature list. We are still experiencing the very early stages of web development, and the capabilities of scripting languages and the browsers themselves. Anyone who has ever worked with a scripting and/or programming language will know the importance of a good editor.
Text editors are very much about usability and flexibility. We don’t want to be writing code in a text editor that does not offer us the freedom to customize and optimize our code in a seamless manner. We also don’t want to be working with editors that don’t fully support the syntax of the language we are using, in this case, HTML5. With the introduction of HTML5, developers have invested a lot of time putting together and crafting the kind of text editors (for the web) that support native HTML5 language support.
We will be taking a look at both code editors, and WYSIWYG-type of text editors that we can implement in our websites and projects and directly script with HTML5 code from within these text editors. Makes you wonder if WordPress is ever going to advance their content editor to fully support programming languages; a definitive thought for the future.
It’s all about rich text editing these days, and the wysihtml5 text editor uses the latest HTML5 features to help developers and webmasters to generate valid HTML5 code output. It is a lightweight solution for generating semantic and valid HTML5 markup; even in cases when content(code) is being copied from external sources. Wysihtml5 does not require jQuery to work. Security features ensure that your site is safe and secure, and protected from common attacks like XSS; cross-site scripting.
Aloha Editor is a standalone library with a functional and stateless API. It provides you with essential editing capabilities not available in browsers. The lightweight file size makes Aloha Editor appealing to those are dealing with projects and websites that receive thousands of requests on frequent basis. You are in full control of how the editor acts in certain situations. Furthermore, there’s an attached API that enables the customization of the functionality.
A built-in preview module lets you see what your code looks like in real-time. This saves you a ton of time from having to switch back and forth between the browser and the editor; HTMLPad brings the browser to the editor. And on top of that, all of your code is automatically checked against standard quality. Thus, it gives you a chance to relax about being compliant with the latest standards for JS, CSS and HTML.
TinyMCE is a well-known text editor amongst the webmaster and developer communities, and Textbox is a branch of TinyMCE; a powerful text editor for the responsive web, especially mobile devices. Features like seamless in-line editing, and built-in spell checking make this particular text editor very appealing to those who are dealing with content heavy sites and need a solution for making editing fun again. It also supports Markdown, and will automatically strip your HTML5 code of any impurities. Works with the most prestigious frameworks and content management platforms on the web: Angular, Drupal, Microsoft, IBM.
Redactor II is the top choice for thousands of developers. It must be the framework approach that Redactor Editor takes. It offers more than 200 callbacks and API methods to support developers and their requirements for a sleek and professional code editor. The Redactor documentation is one-of-a-kind, fully explaining the capabilities and possibilities of the editor, and how more can be achieved without losing resources and time.
Squire is yet another rich text editor with HTML5 capabilities. It works across all your favorite browsers, yet retains its lightweight features and flexibility. Squire is also popular for offering a text editor that supports the crafting of a variety of documents. These include content, email, snippets, even research papers if necessary. Squire looks to provide a lot of editing capacity without the compromise of performance.
Mercury Editor has been built to help teams, developers and webmasters have access to an editor that enables for a harmonious content editing experience. The only thing that might scare you away from using Mercury in your next project is the fact that this text editor is based on the Ruby on Rails engine. That means only Ruby developers can enjoy access to this wonderful editor.