Moodle 2.5 is out – hurray! And everyone will be blogging and reporting about it. So instead, I thought I would focus on a feature that’s been around for six months now – customising the Moodle text editor. There’s an interesting conversation going on in the forums about the merits of the TinyMCE editor. (I can’t really comment because I don’t know enough about the subject and also - I AM one of those people in the first thread who would write everything in BIG and PINK and different fonts…)
But did you know, for example, that you don’t actually have to have the toolbar at the top?
Or did you know that if you think the toolbar has too many buttons which your users don’t need -and doesn’t have the buttons they do need – you can remove some and add some?
This does have to be done on a sitewide basis, not individually, but it is useful to know that there are other options out there. For instance – did you know you can add a time to your contributions?
Or that, with a little bit more tweaking, you can add your own custom styles – have “house formatting” for specific types of text for example. (Obviously I will got for the big and the bold!)
All of these customisations and more can be done by adding simple items to the boxes in Administration>Site administration>Plugins>Text editors>TinyMCE HTML editor>General settings and you can get information how to do the above tweaks -and create your own – in the Moodle text editor documentation.
POSTSCRIPT: If you’re technical and can add extra stuff to your Moodle site, then take a look at this basic “content editable text editor” from Moodle HQ developer Damyon Wiese. It’s still in its early stages, and feedback is welcome, but it’s got great potential.