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Building a WYSIWYG Rich Text Editor Textarea Replacement Part 1

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Adam Khoury
Learn how to build a JavaScript WYSIWYG Rich Text HTML Editor textarea Replacement for your PHP and MySQL driven applications. In this first video we will construct our HTML and CSS based form that is ready to send data to a PHP parsing file waiting on our server. We will hide (but keep) our normal textarea element and replace it with an iFrame element. When the page loads into the browser we will use JavaScript laid out in the next video to turn the designMode on for that iFrame, so people can type into it and compose things. index.html <html> <head> <script src="wysiwyg/wysiwyg.js"></script> </head> <body onLoad="iFrameOn();"> <h2>My web application that intakes data from users</h2> <form action="my_parse_file.php" name="myform" id="myform" method="post"> <p>Entry Title: <input name="title" id="title" type="text" size="80" maxlength="80" /></p> <p>Entry Body:<br> <div id="wysiwyg_cp" style="padding:8px; width:700px;"> <input type="button" onClick="iBold()" value="B"> <input type="button" onClick="iUnderline()" value="U"> <input type="button" onClick="iItalic()" value="I"> <input type="button" onClick="iFontSize()" value="Text Size"> <input type="button" onClick="iForeColor()" value="Text Color"> <input type="button" onClick="iHorizontalRule()" value="HR"> <input type="button" onClick="iUnorderedList()" value="UL"> <input type="button" onClick="iOrderedList()" value="OL"> <input type="button" onClick="iLink()" value="Link"> <input type="button" onClick="iUnLink()" value="UnLink"> <input type="button" onClick="iImage()" value="Image"> </div> <!-- Hide(but keep)your normal textarea and place in the iFrame replacement for it --> <textarea style="display:none;" name="myTextArea" id="myTextArea" cols="100" rows="14"></textarea> <iframe name="richTextField" id="richTextField" style="border:#000000 1px solid; width:700px; height:300px;"></iframe> <!-- End replacing your normal textarea --> </p> <br /><br /><input name="myBtn" type="button" value="Submit Data" onClick="javascript:submit_form();"/> </form> </body> </html> my_parse_file.php <?php echo '<h2>You posted:</h2><hr />'. $_POST['title'] . '<hr />' . stripslashes($_POST['myTextArea']); ?>