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Sources for HTML-editor

Posted on 2011-09-09
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Hi,

After searching for days on the internet and EE I was still not able to find a simple WYSIWYG HTML-editor (like in Outlook Express). I don't want to use any ActiveX.
Some of the potential commercial products:
- don't seem to update their product anymore, so support for Delphi XE / XE2 isn't available.
- are based on ActiveX
- are pretty expensive (+ $500,-)

Did any of you ever developed a WYSIWYG HTML-editor (preferrably with standard Delphi components) and are you willing to share your sources?
Or can anybody give me detailed directions on how to build one myself?

Currently I'm using Delphi 2007, but I want to upgrade to Delphi XE2 as soon as all 3rdparty components are compatible with it. Application is Win32.
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by:Kent Dyer
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Are you looking to integrate your editor into you application?

Otherwise, there are some fantastic editors out there.

I like DreamWeaver, but really wind up going to EditPad or even Notepad.  The reason I wind up using a text editor, is that alot of the automation in an editor tends to not work so well.

HTH,

Kent
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by:leegin
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I love notepad++ it is a great editor and easy to use has syntax highlighting and other nice features
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by:Delphiwizard
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I need to integrate it into my application as part of a mailing function.
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Geert Gruwez earned 250 total points
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if you want an idea on how to do it, felix colibri explains a approach for a editor using patterns:

http://www.felix-colibri.com/papers/design_patterns/the_lexi_editor/the_lexi_editor.html
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by:epasquier
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215€ with source code. "The component supports Delphi 5 thru 2010" , so XE as well
http://www.profgrid.com/dhtmledit.html

it's VCL code, but based on Internet Explorer COM. I think it is better this way to ensure compatibility. Besides it will then benefit all IE updates. It is designed to work with IE 5 but I think it will work the same with latest IE.

Also, here there is talk of using RichEdit as editor, that is converted in HTML when needed. I think it's a better approach than pure HTML editor, because HTML is a complex language and to write mail you only need basic functionality.
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2146116/wysiwyg-html-editor-component-for-delphi 

JVCL (Jedi Library) is referenced in this post, and if you don't have it yet I recommend you install this superb (free) set of components.
http://jvcl.delphi-jedi.org/
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I've decided to go with WPTools.
This wordprocessor is able to load from and save to HTML.
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Thank for the proposed solutions.
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