Strange behavior of the editor in the forum
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The editor in the forum is still driving me crazy. With the old version I could at least type my messages in an external editor, but now the text field is too smart to allow this.
When I type some code (Ctrl-E to enter the code style, then "for i = 1:10"), the editor is such smart, that it adds an "end" automatically. But I do not want such an "end", because my example is clear already without it. After this line, I press Enter and Ctrl-E again to leave the code style. Now I have to spend some time to get rid of the "end".
Sometimes the text field seems to loose the focus partially. I've tested this in Firefox only: While the typed characters appear in the text field, Firefox interpretes the keystrokes also and scrolls through the page exhaustively, such that I cannot see, what I type anymore. I type some characters blindly and scroll back to check, if it is correct. With the next keystroke the page is scrolled again. This is extremely annoying.
When I leave the code style, there are a certain number of spaces infront of the cursor. Trying to delete them let me exceed the first character frequently, such that I delete the code style before. Therefore I need to use "Pos 1" at first, then "Shift+End" to mark all spaces, "Delete" to remove them and then I can start typing from the first character.
It is hard to insert a link, but even worse to insert a string without formatting. Because I appreciate the correct spelling of names of persons, I copy&paste the names from the display by copy&paste. Unfortunately the editor is such smart, that it inserts a link automatically and I need a bunch of keystrokes to make it a standard text. I should append a move of this, because during the editing some parts of the string disappear intermediately and reappear magically, when a space is added.
This feels very weird. I have not seen such a crazy and unintuitive editor before. Typing answers in the forum increases my stress level, because the interface does not treat keyboard inputs like any other software.
What a pity, that the field for typing is not recognized as text field anymore, such that the auto-spell-correction of the browser does not work. I apologize for all of my typos.
There are many forums with working editors for text, links, code and citations. Markdown, BBCode etc. are established methods. Matlab Answers has problems with the interface for many years now. It is time to fix and simplify this until it works, instead of making it smarter and cooler.
Has this topic been diskussed in (sorry, I'm typing blind again, because of the mentioned effects of scrolling away... darn) forum already? Do others suffer from the same problems? Is the editor more intuitive in other browsers than Firefox? Does somebody use an external editor like XEmacs + macros successfully to create answers with copy&paste including links and images?
David il 8 Gen 2019
MathWorks community developer here: Thank you Jan for starting this thread, and all of you who've responded, for the feedback and active discussion about the update to the editor. We're actively listening to the community conversations and working on resolving many of the issues you point out ASAP.
Stephen23 il 13 Feb 2019
Unfortunately the new editor does not work with Windows high-contrast mode, most of the toolbar buttons end up totally blank:
For those of us with more restricted sight, this is quite a hinderance.