"The look, feel, and functionality of Microsoft Word, in a completely web-based AJAX platform."
Does it really have the look and feel and functionality of a real word processor? Yes, sort of. For example, it has a splash screen, just like a real non-web word processor. Of course this is a bad thing. A very very bad thing. Splash screens are evil.
Once you get started it certainly looks like a real word processor - at least superficially. However the moment you click on the "Open" button this resemblance ends, for up pops a browser window, complete with the usual delay while the page loads. :(
Then there are the buttons. In a real word processor the state of the buttons such as Bold and Italics reflects the formatting of the currently selected text - If the text is bold, the Bold button will be down. Font dropdowns work similarly in a real word processor - the selected font matches the font of the currently selected text. Not so in ajaxWrite, or the Blogger editor for that matter. Is there a web-based editor that gets this right?
Michael Robertson claims here that "It feels and operates identically to a traditional software program." Clearly this is not accurate. In fact it feels and operates almost identically to a browser-based editor. Funny that.
Nice try though.
The ajaxWrite website now has a FAQ page, which includes "ajaxWrite requires Firefox 1.5, or newer, browser." I am using Firefox 1.0.7 on Debian Etch. Furthermore, an anonymous commenter says "If I make a selection bold and then i click out of the bolded selection and then click back in it, the bold icon appears as depressed as expected."
Using my amazing powers of deduction - for which I have a patent pending by the way, so you'd better not try this without paying me, dammit... Using my amazing powers of deduction, I leap brilliantly to the conclusion that the correct functionality may be available on Firefox 1.5 or newer.