Natural Edit Plugin

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The NatEdit is an wiki editor that helps in learning the TML Language by providing a GUI. By design, this is not a wysiwyg editor that tries to generate the correct TML in the background. Instead, the user is still in charge of writing correct wiki markup but with a bit more of assistance as a plain browser textarea. Therefor this editor helps to lower the learning curve but will not get in your way once you are aware of wiki markup.

NatEdit is implemented as a jquery plugin, called jquery.natedit, and thus heavily depends on javascript. Hence browsers without javascript are not supported. You will need to install the JQueryPlugin to use NatEdit.

Caution: Unlikely previous versions (pre 2.0), theming has been disabled in the current version. So you are "stuck" with one and the same button layout for now.


jquery.natedit docu




To enable the NatEditPlugin add the identifier natedit to the SKIN variable in SitePreferences or WebPreferences, e.g.
   * Set SKIN = natedit,pattern

No extra configuration steps are needed in case you are using NatSkin. NatEditPlugin is the default editor for NatSkin, that is the normal

   * Set SKIN = nat
is sufficient.

JSUnitContrib based Unit tests

There is a small set of browser based unit tests defined in NatEditPluginJSUnitTests that can be run as a problem diagnosing tool. These require the installation of JSUnitContrib, and then can be run from Run all tests

Testing has been carried out using Safari, Firefox, Opera and Internet Explorer.

Plugin Installation Instructions

You do not need to install anything in the browser to use this extension. The following instructions are for the administrator who installs the extension on the server.

Open configure, and open the "Extensions" section. Use "Find More Extensions" to get a list of available extensions. Select "Install".

If you have any problems, or if the extension isn't available in configure, then you can still install manually from the command-line. See for more help.

Plugin Info

Sponsored by Trivadis AG

Author: Michael Daum
Copyright ©: 2007-2009 Michael Daum
License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
Version: v3.32
Change History:  
15 Jan 2009 fixed buttons in preview screen
07 Jan 2009 support for TinyMCEPlugin wysiwyg editor; removed non-maintained "word" style; fixes for foswiki/compat; added settings template; distinguishing restore revision from a normal edit; made DBCachePlugin's topic title feature optional; added "Show on screen" settings to easily switch off form, attachment or meta:comments (forthcoming); fixed action=text; removing TopicTitle formfield from the "Form" tab if it is already on the "Text" tab
18 Nov 2008 fixing form data being nulled on preview; using jquery to submit the data
13 Nov 2008 using new BUTTONs from JQueryPlugin
12 Nov 2008 fixing calculation of bottom bar, using new automaxexpand feature of tabpane widget
11 Nov 2008 usability improvements on topic forms
16 Jul 2008 fixed calculation of tab height; removed topicinfo makro as it is in conflict with PatternSkin
03 Jul 2008 improved skin to ease integration into WikiApplication
29 Apr 2008 added workaround for regression error in IE6+7's textarea; be backwards compatible to legacy pattern skins
17 Jan 2008 reimplemented as jquery.natedit plugin; using a tabbed interface now; new default button design
03 Jan 2008 added beforeSubmitHandler to give EditChapterPlugin a chance to hook in
13 Nov 2007 fixed calculation of textarea offset while autoresizing it to window height, fixed initialization not to use Behaviour anymore, fixed autohide/showing of word toolbar together with tinymce
08 Oct 2007 fixed word toolbar together with TinyMCEPlugin; fixed launching a popup by not relying on twiki's javascript; using css sprites instead of individual buttons
02 Oct 2007 be compatible with TinyMCEPlugin
23 Aug 2007 bug fixes for IE6&7 - Item4430
04 Aug 2007 added Word theme added bullet and numbered lists buttons & Javascript added create Table button and Javascript work done by Sven Dowideit DistributedINFORMATION
21 May 2007 fixed display of toolbar buttons
01 May 2007 made natedit themable
27 Apr 2007 made all button output configurable; standardized their defaults; fixed javascript in preview mode; added support for RevCommentPlugin; added monospace button; reworked some of the icons
23 Apr 2007 fixed IE freezing on resizing the edit window
05 Apr 2007 added support for EditContrib and editform
04 Apr 2007 added css file; added monospace <-> propotional font toggles; made signature text customizable; minor refactoring of the javascript; removed non-standard tags FORMATLIST and IFDEFINED
03 Apr 2007 added NATEDIT_HELPTEXT variable; be backwards compatible to PatternSkin (TWiki-4.1.2)
31 Mar 2007 Initial version
Perl Version: -
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Topic revision: r1 - 2008-04-29 - 15:47:44 - ProjectContributor
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