Alternatives and Enhancements to the WordPress TinyMCE Editor

Love it, or hate it... The editor in wordpress sure does have it's frustraiting behaviors.  WordPress uses a custom version of the TinyMCE editor, and they seem to have really hacked it up in many ways.  It is very frustraiting to have formating stripped away from something you've written.... or have html code that you've placed on a page just get thrown in the incinerator with no recovery possible.   I've been battling this with WordPress for some time now trying many different alternative plugins.  Actually, I've confussed myself.  I've tried many different plugins and for some reason or other kept trying the next available one.

Of course, I've done a complete 360 a couple of times, scratched my head, and turned my back on it all.  In other words, I've totally confused myself and have forgotten what one plugin does vs. the other.  So to remidy that I thought I better start documenting what I thought woudl be a very simple plugin effort.  So here goes...

CKEditor for WordPress FCKEditor for WordPress WP Super Edit TinyMCE Advanced
HTML Code Formating Offers options for displaying the html code in the html editor. Does a reasonable job of line breaks and indenting. Formating of HTML seems to stay intact when switching between Visual and HTML editors. Several aspects of  HTML are striped out or reformated when switching between Visual and HTML editors.
Visual Editor WYSIWIG Reality Does a pretty good job of presenting a wysiwig representation. Visual elements are missing.  For example, a table with a background image doesn't display the image. Visual elements are missing.  For example, a table with a background image doesn't display the image.
Form Hidden Fields Hidden form fields are shown in the Visual editor with value placeholders but no name tags. Hiddent form fields are not shown in the Visual editor.
Editing Can not ad a <br /> tag either through visual editor.
Edit, Copy, Paste, Delete The visual editor seems to get confused about what is selected. Often, when sections in the visual editor are selected (highlighted), the delete key doesn't work; select > delete is inconsistent.

 

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