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Applet for online newspaper

Batalf
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I have asked the same question in the PHP-section, but I didn't get any response, so I ask the same question here:

Among the things we develop, we have a solution for newspapers. The people who admin this newspaper
have their own username and password which the use to log into a webpage. At this page, they could insert
or update articles on their online newspaper.

The article-sheet on this admin-page have a big textarea-field for the  body of the article. This is
not an ideal solution because the user must have a certain knowledge of HTML to perform textformatting.
What I'm looking for is a link to a tool that could replace this textarea field, some kind of WYSIWYG-editor
or something.(Javaapplet or shockwave etc.)
I know that this isn't possible using plain PHP or HTML, but I like to post the question here in case
some of you have any link to suggest.
I'm looking for links to both freeware and commercial software.
Thanks in advance.
Batalf
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Batalf,

I currently work for a large newspaper company, and have some experience doing this.

What we have done is simply required that all input be in HTML, and then used Java's JTextpane for user input.  This works well for simple stories, as you can use the JTextpane's HTML style support for bold, italics, and fonts.

The problem is that JTextPane does not support HTML tables or HTML lists.  As a result, we have had to come up with work arounds for these, or prohibit them.  One thing we have done is provide suport for <PRE> tags, as this allows the entry of columnar data, similar to a table.

Hope this helps,

Dave C.
Commented:
Hi,


I worked for a company that deals with this kind of product. Their site is at:

http://www.netpostinc.com

As far as I know their product is the best at doing newspaper/catalog display on the web w/o being as big as other players.


Doron
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Commented:
What I really need is source code for a java-applet. Our publishing-system is a little bit special, so no solution will fit our need without some adjustments.

I was hoping I would get something for free so that I don't have to start programming from scratch. Have been a year since last time I worked with Java. Guess I have to refresh my memory for some days before I get some works done:-)

Batalf
Top Expert 2005

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Commented:
I need tables and bulletslist to. Can't manage it without it. I guess JEditorPane could be an option if I set the content-type to text/html

Commented:
Hi,


My advice, go to the Netpost site, they've got an SDK you might be able to use and I know they generate tables and bulletlists and whatnot cause I was a part of the dev team :)


Doron
Top Expert 2005

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Commented:
Sorry about late respond. Forgot the question.

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