We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added two new features to TypePad:
- Rich text editing, aka “WYSIWYG�? (What You See is What You Get); and an
- Integrated spell checker.
One of our most important goals with TypePad is to make it easy and fun for you to add new content to your weblog. While some folks might enjoy writing "raw" HTML, we’ve been using rich text editing around the office for the last few weeks, and have found that it’s easier to write, review and edit posts before publishing them to our weblogs.
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- Common text formatting options like bold, italic, underline and
everyone'smy favorite, strikethrough;
- Sizing and coloring text, with a handy drop-down “web-safe? color palette that includes a history of your most recently selected colors;
- Bulleted lists, numbered lists and indented text;
- Easy insertion of links – to both email addresses and websites (after all, what would your weblog be without links?); and
- Inline preview of images -- you can preview how your image will appear in your post right inside the editor. (Of course, our “insert image? button continues to support image aligning, thumbnail creation and text wrapping.)
In addition to rich text editing, we’ve also added an integrated spell checker. We currently support spell checking in English, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish. TypePad will automatically choose the appropriate spell check dictionary based on the language preference you’ve set for your weblog.
Rich text in QuickPost
We’ve upgraded TypePad’s QuickPost bookmarklet functionality to support WYSIWYG editing. If you’re using a TypePad bookmarklet already, your QuickPost screen will display a handy link that will lead you directly to simple instructions to replace your current QuickPost bookmarklet with a new-and-improved one with WYSIWYG support. If you don’t have a QuickPost bookmarklet, you can get one by clicking on the Weblogs tab, and then the "Set up QuickPost bookmarklet" link.
It’s the little things that matter
We’ve added a few refinements to help make writing and editing your weblog that much easier..
- We know you have a favorite chosen font for your blog. The font that you publish in is also the font that you edit in (note, however, that the editor will display a default font if you are a Pro user and publish with advanced templates);
- If you’re on a roll and need a bit more room in your editing area, just click on the "bigger" link in the lower right hand corner of the editing area, and it will expand automatically;
- Finally, if you’re a fan of hand-coding your own HTML, you can switch back and forth between the rich text “compose post? mode and an “Edit HTML? mode. Edits you make in one mode will be immediately reflected in the other. You can also disable rich text editing entirely, by clicking the “Customize the display of this page? link on any post editing screen.
Rich text editing and spell check functionality are available in Internet Explorer 5.5 and above, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla 1.3 and above and Netscape 7.1 and above. We plan on adding support for Safari and Opera in the future.
But wait, there’s more!
We’ve also recently enhanced the TypePad File Manager. The File Manager now displays HTML and CSS files. This functionality, combined with your ability to create and rename folders, means you can now host your web content in addition to your weblog on your TypePad site.
We’re very excited about these enhancements, and hope you are too! To learn more about these new features, visit help.typepad.com, where we've put together a page of tips on Rich Text Editing that has everything you need to know.