Here is comment #79. Why not.
There is one argument in the above thread which is unarguable: all the work is being done by one person and no one can demand anything. And no one said this exactly, but this project isn’t a democracy. OK, I can buy those. So perhaps this won’t happen.
But it is extremely obnoxious all these people who seem incredulous that anyone else would think differently than they do. That this shouldn’t happen as some sort of matter of righteousness.
The lack of simple WYSIWYG editor is the main thing stopping me from using Joplin at work as much as I should. It would really help me and so far it’s the best thing I’ve found but I get frustrated by it a lot.
Maybe it’s because I have a mild cognitive impairment, but I get completely lost in any Markdown file more than 2 or 3 hundred words long. And since you can’t have more than a single file open at once, if you want to look at several things at once, the only way to do it is to put them in the same file. I rely heavily on formatting to structure and therefor understand my own writing in general.
Hide the junk if desired
A lot of the websites that are useful to me at work (and which I keep in notes for citations) have long jibberish URLs. Being unable to hide those in the editing interface creates so much clutter. Like half the screen is occupied with URLs. The footnote feature is really great but it would be better if I could hide the footnotes while typing, because it’s hard to follow.
Does MD need to be visible to be useful?
I have been trying to get with MD for the past several months because all the fun nerdy tools I like rely heavily on it. I know it as well as I’m ever going to and I can see the benefits particularly so far as portability goes. What I do not understand is why it is so sacrilegious to allow the user the option of hiding the back end?
When I make a list, I like it to be evenly indented on the left side even when the line runs long. I like headings to be big so I can follow the structure. I like to have links clickable with hidden URLs. These tools have been created and are popular because they are handy.
I don’t know if there is some sort of neuroplasticity thing that happens to people when they become proficient at programming and spend a lot of time doing it. Maybe you learn a different way of looking at text. I wonder if there is some sort of synesthesia going on. But let me tell you about the rest of us: Looking at information that tells you how the text is going to be formatted is in no way the same as looking at formatted text! No matter how beautiful and straight forward and “natural” the code, it is not the same. Text formatting is as old as text itself because it improves the usability of the technology.
Reddit has a really nice way of going between MD and WYSIWYG. What’s wrong with that? Wouldn’t everyone be happy?
Sync the 2 windows
If the format of the two side-by-side windows is the only way forward, is there some way to make it so the scrolling can be synchronized? I get disoriented in the file and can’t find my way back again. Like if I am reviewing in the Preview pane and I notice an error, sometimes I have to do a lot of work to find the right place in the editing pane. Or I edit something and can’t find it in Preview. If there was a button I could press to jump one pane to the same general area as the other, that would be helpful. (To me that sounds much more complicated tho.)