One of the few irritations I’ve had using non-IE browsers is that Movable Type’s text editing buttons only showed up in IE. This is because those buttons depended on some code that only worked in IE. Well, if this test post works, I’ve just found a fix. Using code and following the explanations found on Movalog, I installed a whole slew of buttons, some of which I don’t even know what they’re for, such as “s” and “b-quote.” This fix works well in Firefox 1.0PR and okay in Opera 7.5. In Opera you have to click the button first, then type the text you want to modify, then click the “close tags” button. Coincidentally, this is how tags function in phpBB, a common discussion forum software, when used in Opera. In Firefox they also function the way I am more accustomed to using them: by typing the text first, selecting it, and clicking the appropriate modification button. In Firefox it also puts a horizontal scroll bar in the entry box–but not in Opera– but the buttons look more polished in Firefox.
Note: I originally made two test posts, one in Opera and one in Firefox. After making sure there weren’t any differences in publishing between the two browsers, I deleted one post. The only people who might notice are those who view this in a feed reader. I hope this helps others looking for an easy way to modify text in Movable Type.