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Ephox (news, site) is still playing around with TinyMCE, this time with the release of version 3.4.1, a tiny step up from the Version 3.4 Beta 3 that it released in February and which focused on accessibility.

While it’s not clear whether 3.4.1 is also a beta version, the upgrade comes with what Ephox describes as a number of “significant updates” including a serializer engine, a new plug-in that offers users support for HTML 5 and YouTube and a number of other accessibility features that it started to add in version 3.4.

Probably one of the best known text editors on the market at the moment, it is a JavaScript online editor that is used in a number of well-known applications such as Facebook, Jive, Wordpress and TypePad.

TinyMCE 3.4.1

The new features, while they may be small, will make life a lot easier for editors. The serializer engine, for example, improves the overall performance of TinyMCE, particularly when working with large documents.

The YouTube and HTML 5 support are the most obvious plugins in this release; there are others that improve list handling, which will provide improved cross-browser consistency, as well as a new plug-in that creates hyperlinks.

And in this release, there are also accessibility features. In particular, these include autodetection for a high-contrast mode that will facilitate WC3’s web accessibility initiative guidelines for people with poor eyesight.

New Roadmap?

However, if this is not enough, or if you’re not happy with the direction that Ephox is taking with TinyMCE, developers and executive team members from Ephox and Moxiecode, who created it in the first place, are meeting in San Francisco this week (Thursday, March 31), where they will be taking contributions from those who build and those who use it.

From this, apart from the useful things such as integration tips, or prioritization of bug fixes, contributions on where it should go from here will also be discussed.

This should be interesting in that Ephox says it has been downloaded more than 3 million times at this stage, and has been configured with products such as Atlassian's Confluence and Oracle Beehive.