December 23, 2015
One of the essential parts of Sakebowl will be the editor. Maybe even the most essential one - in the end it is a content management system, so you have to enter and edit content. I was planning to stick with markdown. It is fast to write, it has a clear syntax and everyone can pick it up in a matter of minutes. But trying to make markdown editing usable in a browser slowly leads me away from this idea.
My biggest complaint is that nearly all of them mess up the textarea you are writing in, which means no auto correct, sometimes no default copy & past functionality in iOS or not being able to scroll on a mobile device. Now you can say what you want about Ghost, but there is one thing they definitely got right: the editor.
And I still believe this editor is far from user friendly. It is user friendly if someone knows markdown. But why not just add a few buttons for the basic formatting needs like bold, italic and adding a link or image? Maybe they felt like usability would clutter their design. Or they never intended to have a non-technical user base.
I will still continue to look into possibilities and other options than writing it myself, but currently I think I am out of luck with existing solutions. Maybe if I manage to build a decent implementation I will extract the component and release it as a separate project, but that will surely take some time.