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How to format the content of a textbox

Posted on 2008-10-06
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HI

I am developing an ASP.net (VB.net) website that it takes data using a form, what I want is to make a textbox WYSIWYG, in other words, that the database stores the information plus the distribution of the text (tabs, carriage returns, etc) in order to show it as the same way that it was captured.

The purpose of this is to keep data listed correctly, like this:
1. ELEMENT A
2. ELEMENT B

and avoid something like this:
1. ELEMENT A2. ELEMENT B


Thanks in advance.

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Well, let's use the text box used here at Experts Exchange as an example and see what it is doing ...
  • They use an IFRAME that has a property of contenteditable
  • They allow for simple modification of the text formatting, like:
    1. bold
    2. italic
    3. underline
  • The formatting is captured as HTML
Would that be what you want to do as well?
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by:dimensionav
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dfu23:

You´re right, that´s exactly what I want to do.

Would be possible that you bring me some code or an example for better understanting.

Thanks
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dfu23 earned 250 total points
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I would suggest using a project that already does the grunt for you, like:

http://www.fckeditor.net/
http://docs.fckeditor.net/FCKeditor_2.x/Developers_Guide/Integration/ASP.NET

FCK Editor is an open source project on SourceForge.net which has been around for a while and is rather popular. I'm sure that there are tons more out there but this would be my starting point ...
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The product seems to be quite useful, I got an OFF Topic extra question:

Considering that the component is regulated under the GPL, LGPL and MPL, what kind of cares should I take in order to distribuite it as a part of my website applications.

Thanks again
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by:dimensionav
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dfu23:

Any coments to my last question ?

Thanks.
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Ah, sorry about the delay there. I believe that there is a basic "cheat sheet" out there on what the license means concerning how it is used. Usually, the idea is that if you simply use the product and do not modify/enhance the product itself then you are not required to do anything ... and this can vary between whether or not it is used within a commercial or non-commercial application.

If there is value added to the product then it is usually requested that you share that back to the project (open source community) in some for or fashion. Does that make sense?

I'll take a closer look at the FCK site and see if I can find out for sure what they are saying about using their product.
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by:dimensionav
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Should I keep open this question or Do you believe that would be better to open a new question?
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May I ask how you are intending on using the FCK Editor in your project? Do you see the need to modify the source to pull off what you want?

If the answer to that is no then you should be just fine under their triple licensing scheme.
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Thank you very much dfu23
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