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  1. #1
    Nitin Mistry Guest

    Building a Rich Text Box Component using ASP.NET


    Hi,

    I am totally new to ASP.NET but have programmed before in ASP 2.0. I am
    currently reading up on ASP.NET to get up to speed and should start my development
    soon.

    I have a user who requires me to build a 'Rich Text Edit Box' component that
    would enable
    online editing of text i.e. Bold Itakic, underline, centre/left/right indent
    etc. (very similar to an email box in hotmail).

    They also specify that it would be good if the component could work on most
    platforms and browsers i.e. Unix, MS, Apple, IE4/.0 and above and netscape.

    My plelimenary research has shown that these components are available on
    the web for purchase but I think they only work properly on a MS platform/newest
    versions of IE.

    I was wondering if anyone knows if it is infact possible to build such a
    component that works on all platforms etc .......

    ....... If so how would I go about it? What to use (language/tools/components
    etc)?
    ....... Are there any .NET components/libraries that would be useful to me?

    ...... If it is not possible on all platforms is it possible/worthwhile for
    me to build the component for the MS platform using .NET libraries etc?

    I suspect that this is a client side scripting porblem .....
    ..... Can this still be done in ASP.NET or would I have to use JavaScript?


    I would appreciate any help or pointers to material where I could find some
    answers.


    Many Thanks,

    Nitin

  2. #2
    Phil Weber Guest

    Re: Building a Rich Text Box Component using ASP.NET

    > I have a user who requires me to build a 'Rich Text Edit Box'
    > component...They also specify that it would be good if the
    > component could work on most platforms and browsers i.e.
    > Unix, MS, Apple, IE4.0 and above and Netscape.


    Nitin: Most rich text editing components rely on a feature of IE5.5+, so
    they don't work on other browsers. There's a free implementation available
    here: http://www.revjon.com/ftb/ There's another freebie with source here:
    http://www.codeproject.com/jscript/htmlArea.asp

    The easiest way to create a cross-browser component is to use Flash or Java.
    Ektron sells a Flash-based component for $99, which would likely be much
    more cost-effective for your client than paying you to create one:
    http://www.ektron.com/ewebWP.cfm
    --
    Phil Weber


  3. #3
    Nitin Mistry Guest

    Re: Building a Rich Text Box Component using ASP.NET


    Hi Phil,

    .... I found the former two components before but as you said they are not
    cross platform. I had not come accross the later component by Ektron -

    Many Thanks.

    Nitin

    "Phil Weber" <philweber@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > > I have a user who requires me to build a 'Rich Text Edit Box'
    > > component...They also specify that it would be good if the
    > > component could work on most platforms and browsers i.e.
    > > Unix, MS, Apple, IE4.0 and above and Netscape.

    >
    >Nitin: Most rich text editing components rely on a feature of IE5.5+, so
    >they don't work on other browsers. There's a free implementation available
    >here: http://www.revjon.com/ftb/ There's another freebie with source here:
    >http://www.codeproject.com/jscript/htmlArea.asp
    >
    >The easiest way to create a cross-browser component is to use Flash or Java.
    >Ektron sells a Flash-based component for $99, which would likely be much
    >more cost-effective for your client than paying you to create one:
    >http://www.ektron.com/ewebWP.cfm
    >--
    >Phil Weber
    >



  4. #4
    Paul Ashton Guest

    Re: Building a Rich Text Box Component using ASP.NET


    Hi Nitin Mistry,

    i have a java based rich text / word application you can have
    its pretty small and cool

    email me at ashto5 @ yahoo . com [ dont wanna get spam ]

    regards

    "Nitin Mistry" <vb.@127.0.0.1> wrote:
    >
    >Hi Phil,
    >
    >.... I found the former two components before but as you said they are not
    >cross platform. I had not come accross the later component by Ektron -


    >
    >Many Thanks.
    >
    >Nitin
    >
    >"Phil Weber" <philweber@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >> > I have a user who requires me to build a 'Rich Text Edit Box'
    >> > component...They also specify that it would be good if the
    >> > component could work on most platforms and browsers i.e.
    >> > Unix, MS, Apple, IE4.0 and above and Netscape.

    >>
    >>Nitin: Most rich text editing components rely on a feature of IE5.5+, so
    >>they don't work on other browsers. There's a free implementation available
    >>here: http://www.revjon.com/ftb/ There's another freebie with source here:
    >>http://www.codeproject.com/jscript/htmlArea.asp
    >>
    >>The easiest way to create a cross-browser component is to use Flash or

    Java.
    >>Ektron sells a Flash-based component for $99, which would likely be much
    >>more cost-effective for your client than paying you to create one:
    >>http://www.ektron.com/ewebWP.cfm
    >>--
    >>Phil Weber
    >>

    >



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