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Powerup for easy formatting of text/rich text editor


I'm aware of the ways to format text in trello described in this guide.

However, I wonder if there's a powerup/extension that enable easier, more intuitive formatting. Like linking to a website via an icon of a link, or a keyboard shortcut like Ctrl+K.



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Right now, we do only offer the mentioned markup to format text in Trello. I'll let our team know, that you are looking for something more visual.

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Do you have any news on this subject ?

I would like to use trello but the absence of a richtext editor is really something blocking me. I don't see the non-tech teams using pure markdown.



Following.  I made the decision to have an assistant move all my tasks from Jira to Trello because I'm not in software development nor do I use Jira's Project Management lingo so Jira was too complicated. I shockingly realized that Trello uses Markdown only!  I thought this must be a mistake.  Nope.  I will now have to tell my non-techy assistant to tediously edit all my Descriptions using markdown???  As I said on another thread about this topic, this is akin to placing a brick wall on the productivity highway.  With all the lovely Trello keyboard shortcuts and ease of use, I can't figure out why there's not WYSIWYG editor for descriptions and comments. 

It's 2020.  People copy & paste from emails, from Google Docs, from web articles, from all over.  Then Trello strips all formatting.  Copy and paste with formatting please.

Sorry for the "attitude" - I'm just shocked.

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Any update on this? Aside from not wanting to bother with learning a markdown just for my task notes, the syntax you use interferes with my manually adding emphasis via characters like asterisks or >>. 

Even if you know markdown really well, the editing facilities in Description field are terrible:

  • There is a hard limit of ~16384 character. This is quickly reached on a card, e.g. a project, in which detail gets added overtime (e.g. a diary of events pertaining to the project).
  • As soon as you go to edit something in a Description field where there's a fair bit of text, it's very difficult to locate exactly where you wanted to make the edit as all the formatting suddenly disappears.
  • Writing down the edits purely in Markdown can be painful in a moderately sized Description field.

What is needed is a simple text field that accepts markdown (which is already the current state of the feature) but which can evolve into a fully fledged document (bit like Google docs) that can be edited using a rich text editor (even if the text is stored in Markdown in the background) and which shows a table of contents (this can be deduced from H1-H6 in markdown) to the left of the editing/rendered text area for easy navigation. 

As things stand, I am on the verge of switching to a competitor after having used Trello for years because this and other problems keep getting in the way and even after paying upwards of $12/mo just in the powerups (plus Trello Gold subscription), I can't get basic, reasonable features that should be provided out of the box.

Any updates on this? it would be a BIG time-saver to not have to write markdown all the time. Just a simple rich text editor like the one i'm using right here would be great!

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