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 spark mobile
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
neb (not verified):

Wow, the license change is fantastic. Thanks!

August 16, 2012
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
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
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
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