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Why would anyone want to convert a textarea into an editor?



ericnwhiker
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Nov 17, 2004, 10:17 AM


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Why would anyone want to convert a textarea into an editor?

So why would anyone want to convert a textarea into an editor? What would be an example of why?


MatRay
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Nov 18, 2004, 6:29 AM


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Re: [ericnwhiker] Why would anyone want to convert a textarea into an editor?

Well, I guess a lot of people might say "because we can", but I suspect you might find that unsatisfactory!

Perhaps the best example/justification I've seen is the product called Article Manager also by Interactivetools.com - in fact I think they wrote htmlArea specifically for this application.

http://www.interactivetools.com/products/articlemanager/

What is so good about this is that it allows webmasters to build templates (with whatever their favourite html editor is) that the Article Manager system then uses to publish pages to the site. This means that webmasters can let their users contribute content to the site in a very controlled manner, and still allows contributers to put up decent looking pages - which is where htmlArea come in as it allows the users to put up rich text/html. Its a little bit like using dreamweaver templates and letting sub-webmasters use Macromedia Contribute to create pages using certain templates, but without having to bother installing any client software on their PCs (as long as they use MSIE at least!).

Personally, I've used htmlArea within a fault logging system we are working on for our department at work. Of course, we could have just put in a plain textarea to capture the main comment of each engineer working on the log, but by allowing rich text we open up the option for our guys to cut and paste in rich text from other office applications, most usually emails from clients which often seem to be html based for us these days.

Regards,

Mat