Upgraded Text Editor

Nov. 8, 2023
CKEditor 5

Our standard text editor is getting its first major upgrade since Quickstart 1 was first released in 2016. The WYSIWYG text editor, which is used almost everywhere that you create content, will be upgraded from CKEditor 4 to 5.

CKEditor 5 introduces a sleek and intuitive interface, ensuring that the transition for users remains as seamless as possible. The familiar layout is coupled with a range of innovative tools that facilitate smoother editing and more robust performance.

A screenshot of the new editor toolbar

The core experience of the editor remains comfortably familiar, however, as with any major software update, we anticipate a period of adjustment. Arizona Digital is working diligently to smooth out the inevitable kinks that accompany such a transition. We ask for the community's patience as we fine-tune the system to deliver the best possible experience.

During our testing period, we have found that some sites that were using workarounds to make up for limitations in CKEditor 4 (such as using empty lines to control spacing) are having the layout of their content change when saving changes with the new editor. Since some of these workarounds are no longer required or supported, please be vigilant while making changes to your content over the next several weeks to catch any layout changes caused by this update.

During this period, we encourage everyone to delve into the new features and provide feedback through the Quickstart/Arizona Sites feedback form. Your input is invaluable in helping us identify any issues and ensuring that the editor meets the diverse needs of our university family. 

If you encounter any issues with the editor, or it impacts your content in unexpected ways, Arizona Sites users should open a support ticket through the Arizona Sites service request form. We are committed to addressing any challenges swiftly and ensuring that the transition is as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

All of the Quickstart documentation has been updated to reflect the changes to the new editor.