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Chris asked on 12 Sep 2008, 10:20 PM
Hello,

I have previously been using the classic RadEditor. I was wanting to switch to the new AJAX'd version but it seems the new version doesn't support the 'IsRibbon' property in the ToolsFile.xml file anymore.

Can you no longer create a tools menu that looks like Word 2007? If not, then I won't be able switch unfortunately until such a feature is re-enabled in the new editor.

Thanks,
Chris

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answered on 15 Sep 2008, 08:45 AM
Hi Chris,

RadEditor for ASP.NET AJAX does not offer the requested Ribbonbar toolbar and we do not plan currently to implement it. Our plans for the Q3 release is to fix as much as possible bugs in RadEditor that apply to the production of content, content filters and tools.

However, RadEditor for ASP.NET AJAX does provide a very flexible API and it is possible to attempt implementing a working solution yourselves - and we would be glad to assist you along the process. There already is a CodeLibrary that implements a RibbonBar using several of our RadControls products. The code library is available here:
http://www.telerik.com/community/code-library/submission/b311D-tekdk.aspx

What you would need to do is write code that configures the RibbonBar so that it contains the tools and dropdowns you need - then hooking it to the editor on the client is fairly easy using its flexible API, such as its fire method that executes an editor command.

Here is an example demonstrating how to fire the FontSize command of RadEditor using JavaScript:

<script> 
 
    function ChangeSize()  
    {  
 
        var editor = $find("<%=RadEditor1.ClientID %>");  
        var args = new Sys.EventArgs();   
        args.value = 5;  
        editor.fire("FontSize", args);  
      
    }  
 
</script>   


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answered on 15 Sep 2008, 02:05 PM
Telerik,

That is very unfortunate. I will not be switching to the new controls until you re-implement this feature because I use the control in a product that MUST maintain the appearance we've established for our product.

I already used that Office 2007 demo from a year or two ago to create our products entire interface. But what I'm SPECIFICALLY talking about is making the EDITOR's buttons' and dropdowns toolbar groups visibly displayed like Office 2007 groups. It's easy to arrange the rest of the interface controls in that arrangement manually (using tabs and menu items, etc).

I'm talking about the toolbars WITHIN the RadEditor, by re-adding that simple little "IsRibbon" property. It makes the editor look 100% better than any other editor out there! Previously, at least to my knowledge, there was no other rich text editor that could look like Office 2007, and now Telerik has forfeited that market position.

Of all the features to drop, it "seems" like this would've been the easiest to transfer to the new controls. It's a hassle for those of us that are using your controls in products that have to retain a specific look.

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Rumen
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answered on 16 Sep 2008, 07:05 AM
Hi Chris,

The implementation of the desired ribbonbar is much harder in RadEditor for ASP.NET AJAX because of its new semantic toolbar rendering.

The feature requests in our ToDo list are logged by priority and since the Ribbonbar is a rare request and consequently its priority among the other feature requests is not very high.

We also like the Ribbonbar functionality but currently it is not so high on the list and I cannot provide an exact time estimate when it will be implemented.

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