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Inline text editing inside the RedDot CMS with TinyMCE

Today I found that video on a blog post of Chad Killingsworth from the MissouriState University.

Pretty cool way to edit text inside the page without waiting for popups or being limited by the given DirectEdit functions which the RedDot CMS Web Solutions Management Server offers.

If you already updated to version 9.x of Open Texts Web Solutions Management Server then here you can use this useful article of Joshua which descibres the Telerik tuning.

Another text editor – Why would he do that?

The given editor in his early version was not very handy, it produced invalid HTML, was hardly configurable and the output was seen from a HTML view just outdated. That is why Open Text released the version 9 with the new .net based text editor by Telerik called “RadEditor”. So if you wanted to have clean HTML code coming out of text elements you only could use tidy to clean up your project or embed the FCKEditor. Both handy tools delivered with the RedDot CMS versions to 7.5.x.

Chad choose the TinyMCE rich text editor because he wanted to replace the FCKEditor which seemed to cause serious headaches as he mentioned before. As he is running on RedDot CMS 7.5 at the moment there is no way to use the Telerik editor so far. I wonder which one might be better?

Inline editing – How did he do that?

Basically it seems to be AJAX and no use or RQL or something too fancy, that”s what he says.
I wonder if he would like to write a guest post here to tell us how he did it.
Chad, you are more than welcome if you would be able to do that! :)
Update 2009-04-20: Chad actually just did it!

And you?

Which editors do you use at the moment?
What do you like/dislike with that one?

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Markus Giesen Markus Giesen is a Solutions Architect and RedDot CMS Consultant, formerly based in Germany. Travelling around the world to find and offer solutions for a better world (in a very web based meaning). He just found a way to do this as part of a Melbourne based online consultant house. On this blog Markus shares his personal (not his employers) thoughts and opinions on CMS and web development. In his spare time you will find him reading, snowboarding or travelling. Also, you should follow him on Twitter!


One comment for “Inline text editing inside the RedDot CMS with TinyMCE”

  1. Hi Markus,

    I think I’ve already mentioned somewhere that we have not made the switch to Telerik yet as it does not obey the selectors defined in CSS.
    So currently, a.floatleft is incorrectly intepreted as .floatleft leading to potential tag soup if the user does not click carefully.

    Posted by RustyLogic | April 17, 2009, 9:05 am

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