May 28, 2008
Rich text editors/HTML editors for ASP.NET
A query that comes across the internal alias with some frequency ...
Q: Are there "rich text editors" for ASP.NET?
A: Yes. However, not among the standard controls in ASP.NET; they're all third-party.
I'd heard of maybe 4 or 5 such editors. Turns out there are quite a few. I looked around a bit, and the list below is what I came up with. I'm not endorsing any of these or anything; just trying to do an inventory. If I've missed some, by all means, let me know.
I've broken the list down into pure HTML editors and into editors that are more oriented toward word processing (RTF, etc.). There is overlap. Hopefully I'm getting them right; no guarantees.
As near as I can tell, all of these work in-browser and produce HTML or XHTML.Word Processing, RTF, PDF, and more
These variously support other formats, notably non-HTML (e.g. RTF) and sometimes PDF.Other/Not Sure
I'm not sure how exactly these fit into the picture; they're listed at least in one location as being ASP.NET editors.
- Community Editor (BigByte). Desktop editing, it says; possibly not in-page HTML editing? Appears to be free.
- DevEdit NX (Interspire). Not 100% clear that it supports ASP.NET.
- A similar list is available at 123aspx.com.
- Daniel Walzenbach published a list as well in December 2007. With pictures! :-)
- Scott Mitchell has an article on using FreeTextBox.
- "Building a WYSIWYG HTML Editor" A two-part article by Mitchell Harper. I'm pretty certain that this is for Internet Explorer only, tho.