This is on hold. There are two plugins - TinyMCE Advanced and Advanced TinyMCE that work with 2.2 (+?) that seem to satisfy my requirements and respond to the comments made in the Ideas section. I'm currently experimenting with the latter.
See also the TinyMCE page.
See also a more recently updated list: User:Bentrem/EditorScratch
I'm using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) for small groups who wish to share the responsibility of editing the content. These folks are somewhat tech-savvy, but generally don't have experience with editing web pages. They aren't particularly concerned with formatting -- content is key-- but they do sometimes want to style their text in simple ways. The group is large enough that a server-side solution for WYSIWYG editing is preferable, but client-side solutions may be okay in some cases. I've been following some of the WYSIWYG WordPress discussions for awhile now, and would like to help pull them together into a coherent piece of documentation for those who are new to the platform.
This page is (obviously) not yet a real "draft" -- just a collection of "notes to the author(s)".
There doesn't seem to be a visible development discussion. All I could find was User:Matt/WYSIWYG Last updated June 2005