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iA Writer for Mac ported to Javascript for WebKit.

Philosophy behind this project

WebWriter was an experiment to port iA Writer for Mac without any Javascript Framework.

Goals (2 years ago)

  • Avoid Javascript Frameworks such jQuery or Mootools (Make everything from scratch).
  • Avoid ContentEditable (Emulate every key event with a hidden textarea).
  • Avoid native cursor (The key of the project document.caretRangeFromPoint)
  • Avoid Javascript animations and use CSS3 animations (Check the cursor animation).
  • Avoid render the full content with Markdown (Only parsing the affected lines).

Why Webkit?

I had other goals for this project and make everything crossbrowser was not included (you know why). Now, should be a must.

What is next

  • Use Gulp instead of Grunt.
  • New repo structure with examples.
  • New lib structure.
  • New class constructor with more options (container support).
  • Responsive support (not more fix width).
  • Fonts support.
  • Add an Event emitter for commands.
  • Plugin system for events, commands and parsers.
  • More commands (Drag & Drop support).
  • Plugins (Markdown preview, doc stats, spellchecker, Dropbox + GDrive support).
  • Documentation.
  • Gecko support, finally.

Related projects

  • CodeMirror - A versatile text editor implemented in JavaScript for the browser.
  • Dabblet - An interactive playground for quickly testing snippets of CSS and HTML code.
  • Marked - A markdown parser and compiler. Built for speed.