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Rich text editor

Via the rich text editor, online editors can record contents without any HTML knowledge like they are used to it in text processing programs such as Microsoft Word.

 Freetext editor

Rich text editors are also called "WYSIWIG editors". “WYSIWYG” is the acronym of the principle of “What You See Is What You Get”. With a genuine WYSIWYG, a document is displayed on the screen during the editing processing in exactly the same way as it looks following output via another device, for example a printer. In the context of web development, a WYSIWIG program is a tool depicting an XHTML document during the editing process in exactly the same way as it will later be displayed in the browser.

Microsoft Word is one the best-known WYSIWYG programs. The user first sees an empty white page and starts to edit it. He can format texts, insert images and create tables. The desired contents can be inserted via the relevant menu commands and dialogues. The results of the user's actions can be directly reviewed on the screen.

The rich text editor works on the basis of the same principle. Transformations in the background transfer the actions of the user into source text. If the user does not want it, he does not have to leave the area of graphic depiction. Optionally, he also has the possibility to switch between layout and source text views so that the development of the page can also be followed directly in the source text; corrections and changes can also be made there.

Editing with the rich text editor offers a number of advantages:

  • Users are rapidly able to enter contents.

  • The transcription from the abstract source text level to the page depiction in the browser is not necessary.

  • The rich text editor can be used without any HTML knowledge.