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WYSIWYG textarea script - anyone know a good one?

I am developing a form-based website development system using PHP5,
and I want to incorporate a secure, reliable, Wysiwyg textarea script
in place of the standard, unformatable, text-only textarea one gets
with a <textarea> tag. All I need are basic formatting tools - bold,
italics, underline, lists, tables.

I've looked into a few already with spotty results:
SPAW - is buggy with PHP5.

Textarearich - is awkward to configure, and I'm not confident that
the script is secure or reliable.

jxhtmledit - a java applet with very unclear installation and
configuration documentation.

Can anyone recommend a good one?
Apr 11 '06 #1
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fi******@ironwork.com wrote:
I am developing a form-based website development system using PHP5,
and I want to incorporate a secure, reliable, Wysiwyg textarea script
in place of the standard, unformatable, text-only textarea one gets
with a <textarea> tag. All I need are basic formatting tools - bold,
italics, underline, lists, tables.

I've looked into a few already with spotty results:
SPAW - is buggy with PHP5.

Textarearich - is awkward to configure, and I'm not confident that
the script is secure or reliable.

jxhtmledit - a java applet with very unclear installation and
configuration documentation.

Can anyone recommend a good one?


I use TinyMCE which is available from here:
http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/

--
Chris Hope | www.electrictoolbox.com | www.linuxcdmall.com
Apr 11 '06 #2
On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 10:41:50 +1200, Chris Hope
<bl*******@electrictoolbox.com> wrote:
fi******@ironwork.com wrote:
I am developing a form-based website development system using PHP5,
and I want to incorporate a secure, reliable, Wysiwyg textarea script
in place of the standard, unformatable, text-only textarea one gets
with a <textarea> tag. All I need are basic formatting tools - bold,
italics, underline, lists, tables.

I've looked into a few already with spotty results:
SPAW - is buggy with PHP5.

Textarearich - is awkward to configure, and I'm not confident that
the script is secure or reliable.

jxhtmledit - a java applet with very unclear installation and
configuration documentation.

Can anyone recommend a good one?


I use TinyMCE which is available from here:
http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/


Chris,
Thanks for the lead!! I installed TinyMCE in a few minutes, and it is
working better, so far, than anything I have seen. What a relief!
Apr 12 '06 #3
It uses plugins which have various licensing terms, so be sure to check
them out!

Apr 12 '06 #4
Jon
We are using a modified version of Kevin Roth's RTE (with built-in preview)
but I've been thinking of switching to TinyMCE after looking at it. Anyone
have experience with both and think one is better than the other?

<fi******@ironwork.com> wrote in message
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On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 10:41:50 +1200, Chris Hope
<bl*******@electrictoolbox.com> wrote:
fi******@ironwork.com wrote:
I am developing a form-based website development system using PHP5,
and I want to incorporate a secure, reliable, Wysiwyg textarea script
in place of the standard, unformatable, text-only textarea one gets
with a <textarea> tag. All I need are basic formatting tools - bold,
italics, underline, lists, tables.

I've looked into a few already with spotty results:
SPAW - is buggy with PHP5.

Textarearich - is awkward to configure, and I'm not confident that
the script is secure or reliable.

jxhtmledit - a java applet with very unclear installation and
configuration documentation.

Can anyone recommend a good one?


I use TinyMCE which is available from here:
http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/


Chris,
Thanks for the lead!! I installed TinyMCE in a few minutes, and it is
working better, so far, than anything I have seen. What a relief!

Apr 12 '06 #5
Jon,

KR/RTE requires javascript to be enabled just to see the input box at
all. If you expect much of your market to be Firefox power users, this
might be a problem. But RTE is friendlier with pop-up blockers.

TinyMCE requires javascript to be enabled in order to use the WYSIWYG
feature (otherwise you get a textarea with HTML source). Actually that
is a really gracefull degrade. Unfortunately several TMCE plug-in
features are IE-only. And many are in-operable with the pop-up blocker
enabled.

Something should be very, very clear going forward: Your site NEEDS to
function with pop-up blockers installed. Why? IE6 and IE7 both include
them. And IE7s popup blocker is quite effective (as much so as
Firefox's). This means that within the next two years, 90% or more of
your users will be running a browser with a built in pop-up blocker.

Test any solution you find very well in many situations. Personally I
find KR/RTE a bit nicer but I am a huge fan of the KISS philosophy.
Right now there are no perfect solutions on the market at all. Which is
really too bad.

-Robert

Apr 12 '06 #6
I recently tested a few different ones and here are my thoughts...

1. xinha: Best. Faster, better default config, simple install.
http://xinha.python-hosting.com/

2. TinyMCE: Looks good too, but too many pop-ups for me. I like the
image manager. Pasting from Word isn't automatic.

3. FCKeditor: Another good one, but seems prone to problems with
plug-ins. After awhile I made a few work, but others I couldn't
configure properly and not enuogh info.

4. htmlarea: This is an ancester of xhina, has a few drawbacks.

5. widgEditor Too simple, not worth implementing for editing purposes.

Hope this helps.
Craig

fi******@ironwork.com wrote:
I am developing a form-based website development system using PHP5,
and I want to incorporate a secure, reliable, Wysiwyg textarea script
in place of the standard, unformatable, text-only textarea one gets
with a <textarea> tag. All I need are basic formatting tools - bold,
italics, underline, lists, tables.

I've looked into a few already with spotty results:
SPAW - is buggy with PHP5.

Textarearich - is awkward to configure, and I'm not confident that
the script is secure or reliable.

jxhtmledit - a java applet with very unclear installation and
configuration documentation.

Can anyone recommend a good one?

Apr 12 '06 #7
> 2. TinyMCE: Looks good too, but too many pop-ups for me. I like the
image manager. Pasting from Word isn't automatic.
There are several image managers now I think.
3. FCKeditor: Another good one, but seems prone to problems with
plug-ins. After awhile I made a few work, but others I couldn't
configure properly and not enuogh info.


We switched from this to TinyMCE. It was too buggy. We got too many
support requests from users.

Apr 12 '06 #8
fletch,

thanks for the notes. Any experience with xhina to share? Heard anything?

Craig
fletch wrote:
2. TinyMCE: Looks good too, but too many pop-ups for me. I like the
image manager. Pasting from Word isn't automatic.

There are several image managers now I think.

3. FCKeditor: Another good one, but seems prone to problems with
plug-ins. After awhile I made a few work, but others I couldn't
configure properly and not enuogh info.

We switched from this to TinyMCE. It was too buggy. We got too many
support requests from users.

Apr 13 '06 #9

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