Contribute permits many things that I wish it wouldn't.
Here's my wish list for the future, if indeed there is any future
1) I want users to be able to make text bold, italic, even
colored. But I don't want them to be able to create a zillion local
styles. But if I permit enough freedom for them to use boldface,
and they insert a Word document with styles, Contribute (or maybe
it's Word) creates <style1>, <style2>, etc. etc. all
over the place. (I just got finished looking at a single document
with over 47 styles in it created in this way.)
2) I want all file names (html pages as well as uploaded
documents) to be named a certain way: all lower case, no spaces,
begin with a letter. I wish Contribute had a way to enforce such a
3) I want users to be able to create only clean code. But if
they select the first half of a sentence and make it bold; then
select the second half and make it bold, Contribute litters the
code with multiple <span>s or <b> tags and isn't smart
enough to recognize that it can clean things up with a single set
4) Contribute permits users to do things like mark blank
spaces with tags, like making a line break bold.
Those are some of the things that drive me crazy when I look
at user-edited and created pages. Users who can never see the HTML
can nevertheless manage to create some of the most convoluted and
ugly code you can imagine.
Contribute (if it remains a viable product) would do a world
of good if it allowed more control over mark-up and more
finely-grained control as well.
Wow -- those are important points and very sensible requests,
thardy! I've no doubt that various forum moderators are paying
careful attention to your suggestions and will be getting back to
you about them VERY SOON NOW.