I am wondering what is preventing Envato from improving the (very) obsolete “Item Description” and “Profile” text editor. Or at least from extending the accepted HTML elements and attributes. Even just allowing the inline styling of elements (“style” attribute) would help us achieve much better and visually more compelling results for both the item descriptions and the profiles. Nowadays, we are bombarded with visually compelling content, even when receiving emails as every email client largely supports inline styling or even embedded CSS.
Considering that the reasons behind this long-overdue improvement cannot be technological since Envato can count on the one of the largest community of brilliant minds in the web development market, I am trying to figure out what the real reasons can be.
I came up with the following explanations but I would like to hear your opinion (and, hopefully, some insights from any Envato developers):
- compatibility: with hundreds of thousands of item descriptions and profiles out there, Envato might be concerned about breaking any old content. But expanding the set of recognized HTML elements and attributes would certainly never break whatever was written for the current, more limited editor;
- lack of interest: since this system has been working for many years, Envato may think that it is not worth it to improve it.
- fairness: improving the editor could possibly be unfair toward the authors who have laboriously crafted their pages with a very limited toolset when new authors’ profiles and item descriptions could be visually more appealing with a fraction of the effort. Or, in any case, force the authors to revise all their pages, in some cases several hundreds of them.
Whatever is the reason holding back this much-needed update, I think you will agree with me that the following limits of the current editor are absurd and should be removed or greatly improved:
- it is not possible to embed elements from other websites (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). This seems to be unreasonable and forces us, authors, to work around this limitation with solutions that are overcomplicated and not as effective, especially considering how easy it is to get the embedding code for any major video content website;
- stripping both the
<center>tag and the
styleattribute from the allowed HTML elements, makes it basically impossible to center an element in the section. I have heard of people calculating the maximum width of the section and saving a picture with some transparent space on the sides in order to get a visually centered image… come on!!!
- stripping the
targetattribute from the
<a>tag makes it impossible to decide when an external link should open in a new tab or window (
- it would be great to add a “Preview” button to check the appearance of the item description before committing the change. This would avoid dozens of description updates just because of a mishap in what we put in the description. In this regard, the Envatitor editor is not 100% accurate. For example, using the
<center>tag perfectly works in Envatitor but the stripped code doesn’t in the Envato editor, resulting in a visible
<center>tag and no center alignment.
I would love to hear your opinion about this matter.
All the best,