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Firefox 4 Mobile – first to support WYSIWYG Editors (contentEditable/designMode)

Firefox 4 Mobile was just released today and I have some incredible news that no-one else seems to have noticed (yet).

It’s the first mobile browser to support contentEditable!

What does this mean? Well TinyMCE, CKEditor (FCKeditor) and other rich, visual editors will now be able to work on your android cellphone (and a very few Nokia devices like the N900)

Check it out here:

If you have Windows, Mac, or Linux on your desktop, you can see what the fuss is about through the developer versions:

No other mobile browser to date does this trick. Not mobile Safari for the iPhone, not mobile Chrome for Android, not Opera Mini/Mobile, not IE Mobile. See my post from last week about this lack-of-support problem..

5 responses

  1. Alfonso

    Firefox isn’t the first mobile browser that supports contentEditable. The Android (and I think that also iOS) browser does in some way support it, but their main problem is that they don’t show a caret or automatically popup the virtual keyboard.

    You can see a previous comparation between Firefox 4RC3 and Android browser here:

    March 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

  2. I’m not sure I get it though. Could phone devices not support wysiwyg editors / jquery before? Sayin, could we not edit wordpress posts and use vbulletin’s wysiwyg to write replies and make threads?

    April 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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  4. Having bought an Android tablet (Asus Transformer) so that I could could edit posts and pages in WordPress while on the move, I know EXACTLY what you mean when you talk about contentEditable.

    I’m pretty stunned that it just doesn’t seem to be possible to edit WordPress posts/pages in wysiwyg mode in any of the browsers I’ve tried. And while Firefox mobile does seem to be able to do it, where the others can’t, the whole Firefox browser is so slow and cumbersome that it renders the ability to do editing almost unuseable!

    Did Google never consider that people might buy these tablets to do some work on them?

    August 5, 2011 at 10:45 am

    • @Chris, FF4 mobile is their first attempt, it will get better with time.

      FF5 is due August 15th and should contain improvements (but this is just a guess on my part).

      August 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

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