The goals set for TYPO3 v8 LTS, to be released in April 2017, have raised high expectations. While a lot of groundwork is being laid, TYPO3 association member Pixelant AB
with their very active CEO Robert Lindh in the TYPO3 community, has offered to support TYPO3 Core development with their own manpower to deliver the next generation of Rich Text Editing for TYPO3.
In the meanwhile, pixelant wants to ensure that the new Rich Text Editor, as we plan to integrate the highly efficient and powerful ckeditor
as the next generation for editing text in the TYPO3 backend. This should not only act as a drop-in replacement, but will be very flexible to finally pave the way for smooth frontend editing, a feature we did not focus on the last years. As the concept for a smooth integration of ckeditor into TYPO3 is in the works, the development work will happen together with the community, but driven by people from the Core Team (myself included) and pixelant developers - the people who brought you t3kit - to ensure we really get this new feature in the TYPO3 Core right on time.
For that, Robert started a crowdfunding project, so the development will definitely happen - even with an bigger promise - if enough money will be raised, the editor functionality could even be backported to TYPO3 CMS 7 as an extension.
If you are eager to use this feature in the next LTS version (or even before), we recommend to support this functionality with TYPO3 v8
We also encourage everybody - if you’re interested in key features we plan in the future - to approach me if we can do crowdfunding even more for bigger changes in the TYPO3 Core, as we expect that crowdfunding is a good way to push the product further faster.