Mark Thomas Miller

Meet Void, a minimal text editor for WordPress

Void, a minimal writing plugin for WordPress.

After the rise of applications like iA Writer and Byword and platforms like Medium and Svbtle, I wanted WordPress to have an editor that felt less administrative and more intimate for writers.

That’s why I made I made Void, a plugin that gives you the option to drop into a minimal editor inside WordPress. Like driving a nice car, Void changes WordPress from “luxury mode” into “sport mode”. It removes all distractions on your screen, from your admin bar to your formatting controls, and simply lets you write.

Typography, dark theme, and details

Void is simple. There are currently font options1 on the Settings page (Settings The Void), and an optional dark theme will be added in the next update.

The text editor’s styling was very important to me; the little details were given a lot of attention. Void’s design is intentionally minimal – thin gray lines accent your blockquotes, links, preformatted blocks, horizontal rules, and more. There is just enough detail to symbolize what’s going on without distracting you as you write. The margins and padding are clean and ample, and proofreading your content flows easily from one paragraph to the next.

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Clean, minimal formatting in Void.

To me, the experience of writing with Void feels like I’m drafting some kind of arcane, architectural blueprint. I’m not sure how to describe it better than that – you might experience the same thing when you try it.

Technical details

Void uses jQuery and CSS to turn WordPress’ TinyMCE into a full screen editor. This means that Void isn’t actually a new editor – it’s just a rendition of the old one. Keyboard shortcuts (and Jetpack’s Markdown functionality) still work.

I went with this approach, rather than creating an entire New Post With Void screen, to preserve WordPress’ default functionality: you can still access the scheduling, excerpt, and additional plugin features before you publish your post.

Edge-to-edge editor

If you’re using a Mac and Google Chrome, you can hide everything – even your browser’s toolbar – with one of Chrome’s default features.

  1. When Chrome is active, find the Mac OS menu bar at the very top of your Mac’s screen.
  2. Click View and uncheck Always Show Toolbar in Full Screen.
  3. Click the green Full Screen/Maximize icon in the upper left corner of Chrome’s window.

Download

Void is currently in beta. Give it a try!

Footnotes

  1. The current font choices are Roboto, Roboto Light, Lato, Lato Light, Georgia, Noto Serif, and Merriweather; Avenir Next and Helvetica Neue are available options that will function on most Apple devices, and Proxima Nova and Freight Text Pro are available if your computer is synced to a Typekit subscription.