It must be a difficult problem. Without using some kind of plain text markup syntax like Markdown, the user is required to select some text for formatting, but then you're competing with the OS's UI actions.
Are there any good mobile/tablet browser-based editors that _my mom_ would use?
Evernote does show the cut and paste action bar but also has the text formatting bar at the bottom of the app, which will work on the selection.
I've used it as a big part of a content creation when creating with training materials and writing sop's, etc.
It's obviously slower than my normal typing speed, but I've actually been surprised at how content I've been using it for that sort of thing. If I'm authoring anything of any substance, the bottleneck is usually my brain and not my typing speed, as far as phrasing and structure goes. I had originally thought about getting an external keyboard/keyboard case for it, but once I realized I could bang out text pretty quickly, I said "screw it" and just got a smart cover. I also hated the idea of bulking the thing up.
I've also done a lot of document notation and review with PDFExpert adn that experience was really handy. Obviously you wouldn't make the final edits there, but given the right software, I don't think it would be that crazy.
Obviously hugely subjective and ymmv
I've also wondered how much could be done with a touch screen-only interface for code editors, using structure detection and the sort to input elements.
After using Lisping for a bit on the iPad, I think you could really do some interesting things to make a really productive editor on an ipad. I really like that project because it seems to be the only editor I've found that really tries to embrace the tablet experience from the ground up. It's not perfect, but it's definitely a step. Not sure there's a market there, but it's interesting to me.
I'm looking for a minimal editor that also allows very simple image support
Seriously? Was that the first thing that was sitting around, or did they pick it deliberately? Whatever happened to some good lipsum? Very strange. Possibly not the best sample text to promote software.
Edit: and of course Samuel L. Jackson.
If I have the time, I may fork and add the ability to show which styles are applied to the selected text when the editor is brought up
To be fully functional the Medium Editor would need to implement change events and a way to turn of the editor. Issues reported.
Specifically, this looks like it's from "Rum Punch", which was later co-opted into the movie "Jackie Brown" by Quentin Tarantino, who is a huge fan of Leonard's.
Leonard is most famous for his movie adaptations of "3:10 to Yuma", "Get Shorty", "Out of Sight", etc.
I think that means contentEditable, which is how Medium works. (Part of the "death to textareas" movement.)
Also, it's a cool library, but to state the obvious, I hope they change the name.
Edit: I think it is a little early for wider use. But that's ok, looks like it will turn out to be good.