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Telerik RadEditor for MOSS 2007

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Telerik’s RadEditor for MOSS 2007 is a great cross-browser substitute for the default rich-text editor provided by MOSS. They are now offering two versions, a Lite (free) edition that provides similar functionality to the default rich-text editor, and a full version that provides additional features such as in-line AJAX spellchecking and pasting rich-text formatted content from Word.

As well as being easy to install and use (there is even a feature to make RadEditor the default rich text editor for list items) RadEditor provides several features that help to ensure that ‘clean’ HTML is produced. One of these features is the ‘format stripper’ tool that allows you to remove all HTML tags, Microsoft Word formatting, CSS, font tags or span tags from the selection. Another feature is the ‘element selector’ that allows you to remove the HTML elements surrounding the current selection one by one.

The thing that really won me over, however, was the fact that the output of the RadEditor when used in a Web Content Management scenario does not add any inline styles. This may seem trivial, but the additional output produced by some of the default MOSS controls can cause major headaches when trying to achieve W3C compliance. For example the output produced by the RichHtmlField control looks something like this:

<div id="ctl00_ctl00_centercolumn_centercolumncontent_ctl03_ _ControlWrapper_RichHtmlField" style="display:inline">...

In contrast the RadEditor does not add any extra elements at all (when not in edit mode), making the page mark-up a lot cleaner. This and several other features outlined on their XHTML compliance page help in achieving standards compliant mark-up.

RadEditor Lite

RadEditor Lite showing the Format Stripper (top right) and Element Selector (bottom left).

To find out more about the RadEditor products visit the Telerik website. They also provide a comparison chart that details the differences between the default MOSS rich HTML editor and both versions of RadEditor for MOSS.

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Written by Ari Bakker

July 3rd, 2007 at 11:19 am

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  1. Hi! RadEditor is great, but I do have one problem with it:

    I've downloaded the Lite Edition and added it to my blog, which is powered by CKS: Enhanced Blog Edition. For some reason I'm not able to add any pictures to my posts with the RadEditor's Image Manager. It seems like I didn't have enough rights to do so, even if I'm the Site Owner. What could be the reason for that?


    19 Mar 08 at 2:51 pm

  2. Hi,

    I too am facing the same issue as Piia when trying to use the RadEditor's ImageManager to add image to the site. I am the site owner and have all privileges and permissions on the site.
    What might be the reason for this and how to solve the problem.


    22 Dec 08 at 9:10 am

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