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Shootout at the WYSIWYG Corral - Drupal

by Jeff Diecks
October 2, 2010

Purpose of Session:
Select the best editor, available through the WYSIWYG Module, for common content entry tasks in Drupal.

CKeditor and TinyMCE emerged as the leading contenders following initial evaluation of a batch of nine candidates. During this session, we asked for other suggested criteria from the attendees in order to declare a final winner. The list of suggested criteria included:

  • Inline Image Handling
  • Teaser Breaks
  • Insert <HR> tags
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Treatment of tabs in content
  • Special character handling
  • Insert comments into source code

Though the editors offer similar, robust feature sets and can get the job done, TinyMCE wins by a narrow margin when evaluated against the overall list of criteria.

Who is the presentation for?

  • Content Editors looking to publish Rich Text elements within their Drupal site.
  • Site Builders attempting to select a WYSIWYG editor.
  • Frustrated Developers looking for common causes of WYSIWYG problems in Drupal.



Meet team member, Jeff Diecks

A veteran of the web publishing and sports media industries, Jeff draws on more than 13 years of Drupal experience and his extensive project management, business analysis, process improvement, and site building skills to help Mediacurrent’s clients succeed.

Jeff joined Mediacurrent in 2010 after 11 years with Turner Broadcasting Systems in Atlanta, GA. In his previous position as Director of Operations at Turner Sports New Media, his team managed technical operations for NASCAR.COM and initiated Turner’s adoption of Drupal. Jeff’s other roles at Turner included Director of Editorial Operations, Project Manager and Producer at CNN/Sports Illustrated Interactive. Prior to joining Turner, he served as Website Manager for Major League Soccer in New York, and was responsible for the league site's design, maintenance and content publishing.

Jeff lives in Georgia with his wife and daughter. On nice-weather days he can be found working from a table on his back patio with his yellow lab, Murray.

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