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Currently there are some WYIWYG editors (medium.com and summernote airmode)that provide a 'floating' toolbar to edit the text. I.e. The user highlights the text and a toolbar shows up above the text allowing the user to change the text to bold etc.

While I think this is a very convenient way of editting text as it cleans up the interface and allows us to reduce the amount of buttons to reduce unnecessary affordances, it is still hidden from plain sight. Only after selecting text it shows the toolbar.

How convenient do you think this type of editor is for a first time user?

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It' depends on its discoverability and learnability and how much its existence hinders a first time user.

It's a feature that in testing would have proved to be readily discoverable and beyond that, learnable at no cost to ease of use of the system for new users.

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