I’m not sure how you’re work-flow is with the Discourse composer, but I’ll have to write a lot of more or less complex math, programming and other formatted texts. Sometimes the shortcuts are very helpful, but not as much user-friendly in my POV.
I think our formatting toolbar needs new feature and fresh look; less static, more dynamic and contextual.
How about a contextmenu that brings the main functionalities right to the place, where it’s needed (= finger tips & courser)? Actully, I’m not sure what capabilities we have with mobile browsers, but I would guess, it won’t be a problem to have at least some kind of “pop-up bubble” button with a fixed position or other kind of “magic”.
Let’s imagine the case you’ll …
write multiple lanes with text: What’s, what you wanna usually do?
(My answer: making enumerations and bullet point lists … up to the last empty lane)
have selected some words: What’s, what you wanna usually do?
(Make them bold, italic, link and quote them …)
have you’re course between words without selection: What’s, what you wanna usually do?
(I would guess: put an emoji, a math formula or something special between… )
You’ll see my point. I don’t wanna make the right-click action less capable than the system / browser default. But we need some improvement at this very relevant user interface, so called “context menu”. Are there any APIs or web technologies out there, that addresses this issue / demand? Maybe browser plugin solutions?
Thanks in advance and I’m glad to hear you’re opinion …