The hack I’ve seen is to use one of the newer features of browsers, the editable or ‘design’ attribute’s for div elements I believe. This lets one build a very snazzy amount of features, such as syntax highlighting, code completion, etc., but I don’t think I needed to go that far.
I only have one main design goal, this TextArea is for the user to enter RestructuredText so it’d be awesome if the TextArea acted in a way that made rst a bit nicer. The obvious two things that came to mind:
- Tab key indents 4-spaces
- Hitting return on an indented line, will retain the indentation on the next line
Course, it’d also be nice to have a button or key combo, that will indent/unindent a selection in the TextArea as well.