Could you tell me what the plans are for a decent html editor for
Winforms as it really is a massive issue for us. We are building a
large backoffice application that also runs our website and email
tempaltes, therefore there is a strong need for a quality HTML editor.
We are using the hack to get the ASP.NET editor working for some things
at the moment but our developers are telling us that it is difficult to
use for the situations we require because it is not a really winforms
control - just really a browser window within a winform, therefore you
are loosing lots of control.
This leaves us in a bit of a problem as we really would like to stick
with telerik controls, but because there is no decent telerik control
for this thing we are having to look at third part options which are
just poor or extreamly expensive. I'm sure there are load of people in
the same position and I'm sure Telerik are missing a good revenue
stream by not offering it.
If your looking to develop it, and wish for some feature requests, then
essentially we would like the functionality of the RAD editor in
Winforms, but if you are looking for specific features that are
important to us:
These are in addition to all the general html formatting basics as
there are to many of those to list and they are pretty obvious:
- Specify content type (h1, h2, paragraph, preformat, etc)
- Lists, including selection of the bullet icon
- Table control
- Insert custom characters
- Insert predefined content
- Intelligent handling of content pasted from Word (paste as plain text etc)
- Automatic conversion of pasted content character encoding
- Style the content in the WYSIWYG section based upon a predefined external stylesheet
- Spell Check
- CSS Styles (very important!!)
- Clear all formatting
- Control over visible editing icons
- Full Screen Toggle
- Insert code snippet
- Good colour pallate
- Track changes
- Undo / Redo
- XHTML Vaildator
we prefer plain HTML (as opposed to xHTML) as the output. It would be
great if the editor was easily configured for a specific content type:
HTML, xHTML, Textile, etc. The markup view would need to be able to
show and allow editing of this type of markup.
Options to generate other filetypes (eg: Word, RTF, PDF, HTML) for export would also be great.
The option of a slim control bar (rather than the wide 'Ribbon' style) to conserve screen space is important.
we are currently trying to use the editor with a variable parsing
engine - This requires us to place special charators to denote the
variables in the html - such as %%Variable%% - it would be very good
if we had the option to not re-write html code when these tags are in
place at the moment we are having a few issues where editors try and
get clever and do re-writing because these are invalid chars in certain
places in the code.
really hope a decent winforms editor is an upcoming product, so we
don't have to go third party - its going to cost us almost as much as
the whole telerik sweet just to get a decent third party winforms
editor, and I really would like to keep everything inline with your