Friday, 12 February 2010

Confluence does not have sectional editing, Are you kiding? nop!!!

It's sad but today I realized that confluence does not have sectional editing and they have been discussing about that since 2005!!!!!

[#CONF-5913] Sectional Editing - Atlassian JIRA
Sectional Editing

They propose some workaround, but they are not good. Basically they use {include} to include pages but then, you miss the subsections from this pages in the main TOC.

Also this is distracting. Wiki (as aHawiian word) mean quick! and this is the thing that I want. Quick text editing low I like to edit the wiki in markup-txt and sometime I write my wiki pages in emacs and copy/paste to the wiki later. This 'include' workaround breaks one of the good things of the wiki: its flexibility to combine big pages and multilinked micropages. Sometimes you want one thing, sometimes you want the other. Big pages without the sectional editing is a a bad thing because:
  • a) you block the whole page for editing preventing other users to contribute
  • b) difficult to find your text in the only text area (and having confluence headings like h1. h2. instead = =, == == etc does not help)
  • c) is very slow to load a page
  • d) moving from wisiwig to wiki-markup puts you back at the beginning of the text and you need to find your place again

1 comment:

Jaycephus said...

They finally added their solution (end of 2015!! Nine years later.)

I wish that the 'e' shortcut solution is not what they were providing as their sectional editing. BUT it is:
You are still confronted with a huge wall of text rather than just the section you want to change. It's a little better now than the original back-to-top approach, but sectional editing is also about focusing on the one section you want to edit. When you hit 'e', it does not just leave the page exactly where it was, causing you to have to do some searching for the typo anyway. And out of testing a few pages, it has a ~50% success rate, meaning I found pages where it does not leave you at the place you were at when you hit 'e', even if you have the section you want to edit in the middle of the page, meaning the page shifts enough that your area of focus will be off-screen when it opens for editing. The real success rate over many tries might be better than 50%, but I noticed on several pages that if the line you want to edit is at the top of the page, the chance it is still on the page after pressing 'e' is much lower than 100%. It also puts your cursor at some random location on the page, often far out of view, and if you hit another key at that point, it will insert the keystroke there, such as in the middle of a table way off-screen. It will pop to that point when it happens, at least, but in a wall of text, you might not realize you inserted text at that point.