Embedded HTML Editor for Bloggers and Wikians

Now that's a cool firefox plugin if I ever saw one, Xinha! -- A WYSIWYG HTML editor embedded in your browser. Very useful for bloggers and wiki writers who use HTML. (Some wikis do.) You install Xinha! from addons.mozilla.org, and after it's loaded (restart the browser) it's accessible in the context menu of each text input field of your browser. Like this text input field I use right now to type this blog entry. So I right-click, and I can choose to open the Xinha Editor in either its own window, or in a frame at the bottom of the webpage I am working on.

If the text input field already contains some text, Xinha copies it over into the Xinha buffer, where you can edit it in a basic HTML composer GUI. The GUI even has skins. Tsk. ;-) After you made your edits in the textfield, scroll down to the Apply button (I didn't find it at first) and this will copy the Xinha buffer as html into the text input field.

Note that each Xinha seems to be tied to the textfield you open it for! This is important. So when you tab to another page, and keep using the same Xinha window, your changes will be pasted into the original text field, and not the one in the tab you happen to be looking at right now. Also, if you reload the page (e.g. for saving changes while blogging every 5 min or so), the Xinha window does stay open, but seems to lose the connection to the new instance of the textfield. Keep that in mind when using it.

Pretty impressive idea! It would be perfect if it wasn't for one display bug: In my Linux Firefox, the Xinha frame buffer blinks and moves around constantly while redrawing. Twice per second. Pretty annoying, but I hope that will be fixed in future versions. Try it! :)

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