Spark update: WYSIWYG editing for Drupal

After a lot of discussion and testing, we decided to adopt the Aloha Editor as the WYSIWYG editor for Spark, and possibly for Drupal 8 core. Check out Wim's blog for the details. In short, it is the best HTML5 based WYSIWYG editor; fast, well-written and future-proof.

Here is a screenshot of our latest designs of how we envision integrating the Aloha Editor in Spark on a mobile device:

Aloha editor for Spark on a mobile device

By tapping into a rich text field such as Body, a toolbar comes up with two tabs with editor buttons below: Format (containing buttons such as Bold, Italic, Left/Right Align, and Lists) and Insert (for Links, Images, and the like).

I also wanted to give a big thank you to Haymo Meran, creator of Aloha Editor and Director of Product Experience at Gentics Software GmbH, both for hosting a Drupal/Aloha collaboration sprint at his company's offices in Vienna last month, and also for changing the license of Aloha Editor to GPLv2+ (from AGPLv3) so that it could be used with Drupal!

It's an incredible gift to the Drupal project and the Open Source community at large. Thanks!


Alex Weber (not verified):

This is awesome! I'm closely watching Spark and really excited about what's being done so big props to all involved and keep up the good work!!!

August 15, 2012 - 23:07
neb (not verified):

Wow, the license change is fantastic. Thanks!

August 16, 2012 - 14:58
Alexander Szlezak (not verified):

Thanks for the great feedback and your trust. Haymo and his team were really exited too and as Gentics's eGovernment guy I am too!

August 16, 2012 - 15:12
decibel.places (not verified):

I'm excited about Spark too - I have struggled with the pros and cons of WSIWYG for end users. Will Aloha Editor support inserting tokens? I have found that useful in D7.

August 16, 2012 - 19:26
Preston So (not verified):

Valeu Alex! The entire team is excited to show our progress at Munich next week, and we hope we'll be seeing you on the issue queues -- brigadão!

August 16, 2012 - 20:02
Mario Galan (not verified):

I've tested Aloha and Spark and I was really amazed by what can be done in HTML5.

Things look great for Drupal 8!

August 16, 2012 - 20:58
jayendra (not verified):


January 7, 2013 - 05:00

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