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Kunena 5.2 RC 1 Released (25 Oct 2020)
The Kunena team is thrilled to announce the first public release candidate of Kunena 5.2, a native Joomla extension for Joomla 3.9. This is a development release and should be only be used for testing; this version is not recommended for live websites at this stage.
The purpose of this release is to encourage testing by downloading, installing and identifying any problems or shortcomings that people may discover. K 5.2.0 RC1 is stable and we are aware that people will discover defects. We encourage you to use the forum to report defects, as soon as they are discovered, so that the development team can work through the problems before the release of K 5.1 as a stable product. Reporting defects does not mean that the problems can or will be fixed. The Kunena team is looking forward to hearing your feedback on how well we have achieved our design goals.
I think it is good that someone (other than the two people who are responsible for K 4.0 development) is interested and prepared to make a difference. The WYSIWYG conversation has been going on with Kunena for as long as I can remember. The absence of a WYSIWYG editor is seen by some people as a very "bad" thing; not having a WYSIWYG/HTML editor is seen by others as a "good" thing. There's no way to win this debate because there's no clear consensus of opinion. The simple conclusion is that if Kunena had a WYSIWYG editor this kind of feature would not please everyone.
It may be a good idea for Kunena to have a WYSIWYG editor. Speaking only for myself, I don't care if Kunena has a WYSIWYG editor or if it continues to use the existing editor; it would not affect my decision to use Kunena or use a different forum product because of this one feature. There are higher priorities for Kunena at the moment — fixing the problems caused by K 4.0's new features, writing user documentation to explain how K 4.0 works, updating this website, maintaining user confidence in the product, etc. Adding additional software/usability complexities of a WYSIWYG editor may not be desirable at this time while other CRM issues exist.
I want it clearly understood that I am not opposed to a WYSIWYG editor for Kunena. Would I use a WYSIWYG editor? That's a different matter. Would I buy additional software that may be needed so that I could add WYSIWYG editing functionality to my website(s)? That's also an entirely different proposition. These are some of the issues — the pluses and minuses — that people will have to consider for themselves.
The number one issue for WYSIWYG is security. As we all know, some (not all) WYSIWYG editors can facilitate attacks on websites in a variety of different ways . It may be possible, particularly if the WYSIWYG editor generates "raw" HTML that will be stored in the CMS database tables, to inject malicious code that could affect the site's users. Therefore a fairly big "minus" consideration/concern is the potential for creating a security vulnerability.
The discussion about WYSIWYG tends to get muddled by the debate over BBcode vs. HTML . As a website management issue (in isolation of any other discussion), it is dangerous to allow "anyone" to create and store every kind of HTML on your website; we all know and understand this simple truth and that is why BBcode was created in the first place. BBcode has pluses and minuses:
- BBcode is [relatively] safe (a plus);
- each forum software development has a different implementation of BBcode (a minus);
- converting between BBcode and HTML (or vice versa) is sometimes not easy; some people claim that BBcode is not intuitive or easy to learn (but the same can also be said of HTML or CSS, too, and it's hard to know if this is a plus or a minus);
- most people in forums do not use bolding, underlining, italicising or all the other f
cy things that people claim is "easier" to do with a WYSIWYG editor (which makes us wonder if any kind of markup code is necessary anyway).
In conclusion, everyone is entitled to have a different opinion about WYSIWYG editors for Kunena (or about Kunena BBcode ) and that's OK. Whether or not it's important to implement different editor choices for Kunena is a different question. As long as our existing website assets are not compromised by allowing us to choose to keep the existing BBcode editor or use something else, I don't have a problem. If one or more people are interested to investigate a build a WYSIWYG "solution" for Kunena, that, in itself, is a huge plus!
Whatever solutions are implemented, the key point is to ensure that our website assets — our data, our businesses, our communities — are not compromised along the way. This, essentially, is at the heart of balancing the pluses and minuses in any discussion we may have about WYSIWYG editors.
In this case, the editor does not generate raw html code. And no store it in a database. In my implementation replaced editor code but, as before, it is stored in a database format BBcode.
sozzled wrote: The number one issue for WYSIWYG is security. As we all know, some (not all) WYSIWYG editors can facilitate attacks on websites in a variety of different ways . It may be possible, particularly if the WYSIWYG editor generates "raw" HTML that will be stored in the CMS database tables, to inject malicious code that could affect the site's users. Therefore a fairly big "minus" consideration/concern is the potential for creating a security vulnerability.
aperture wrote: In this case, the editor does not generate raw html code. And no store it in a database. In my implementation replaced editor code but, as before, it is stored in a database format BBcode.
I think it would be great if Kunena made the jump to work with HTML and converted BBcode to HTML as needed.
I am 100% FOR a WYSIWYG editor, because there simply is no reason to write strictly in bbCode.
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