Now RW5 is out for quite some time, I think it's time RW makes a real step forward. IMHO, RW5 was not a real breakthrough – the only exciting new thing it brought was CSS consolidation.
On the other hand, some features were lost and did not return until now, despite the promises made by the RMS team.
Here are a few suggestions for features I think RW really needs:
Fix output > tidied
It worked in v4, but not as long as v5 is around. A fix was promised
seven months ago. Would especially be convenient for:
Better support for non-western languages
like it was when output tidied still worked (in v4 that was)
In the source, Greek now looks like
instead of Καλιμέρα – almost impossible to read, and unnecessarily bloating the code.
Support for hex colors
Despite what Nik wrote here
work in v4, but never in v5. I think it's plain silly for a web site building application not to support hex colors.
Make the Resources area accept folders, not just files
It is possible in the side bar, so why does code look like crippled styled text here?
Native support for extraContent
I know it is 'not something on the horizon currently'
, but I really think it should be. It's 2012. The classical header - sidebar - content - footer layout is not enough for anything bigger than a personal site anymore. ExtraContent is a great concept (and if was never invented, I would have left RW long ago) but it's not ideal.
Larger text areas for the footer
I'm getting tired of editing the content of my footer in TextWrangler, copying it and pasting it into the one line footer area when I want to use more than a few words there.
When I have some custom CSS which is the same on every page, I have to manually insert that on each page…
Make the find function work on more places
Why can I only search and replace in the main content area and not in the sidebar or a styled text Stack?
Document wide search and replace
I know PlusKit offers Find Plus, but I love to have the possibility to change text throughout the whole sandwich.
I know many of these issues are mentioned before, but I have included them here anyway. It's a good illustration of the fact that RW is not really making progress.