RichText/Html Editor for Winforms

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  1. James
    James avatar
    13 posts
    Member since:
    Sep 2008

    Posted 26 Feb 2010 Link to this post


    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:

    Feature requests:

    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


    Sometimes 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.

    Also 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.

    I 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 fantastic product!


  2. Nick
    Nick avatar
    767 posts

    Posted 01 Mar 2010 Link to this post

    Hello James,

    Thank you for your feedback. We do plan to develop an editor and your feedback is very important to us. I have updated your Telerik points for its comprehensiveness.

    I cannot currently give any time-frame about completing the task as writing an editor is not trivial. Thank you again for your feedback though. Customers' suggestions play very important role when we determine our new development.

    Best wishes,
    the Telerik team

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  3. Christian
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    81 posts
    Member since:
    Aug 2008

    Posted 06 Jan 2011 Link to this post

    is there a timetable now? Can the editor from the ASP.NET AJAX part be used?
    Kind regards
  4. Richard Slade
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    3000 posts
    Member since:
    May 2009

    Posted 06 Jan 2011 Link to this post

    Hi Christian,

    Please see my response in the other forum post that you commented in
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