10 Excellent Free Rich-Text Editors

Sam Deering
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Rich-text editors, also known as online rich-text editors, are web components that allow users to edit and enter text within a web browser. They are essentially web-based WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) editors. There are many rich-text editors out there and what could be better than having a lot of choices? In this article, we present 10 exceptional (and free) rich-text editors. Have fun!

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1. Kupu

Is an open source “document-centered” client-side rich-text editor released by the international association for Open Source Content Management (OSCOM). It features easy integration into a variety of content management systems including Silva and Plone, easy customization and extension, and Ajax saving for an uninterrupted user experience.


Kupu

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2. Xinha

Is an open source, community-built rich-text editor released under a BSD style license. It’s highly-configurable, extensible, and feature-packed. Xinha emphasizes on community development, and as such, you’ll find many helpful contributors in the Xinha forums.


Xinha

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3. XStandard

Is a highly-standards-compliant rich-text editor. It comes in two versions: XStandard Lite – which is completely free, and XStandard Pro. XStandard Lite has Microsoft Word text cleanup, spellchecking, and the ability to interact with third-party applications.


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4. openWYSIWYG

Is a free and feature-packed web-based content editor that’s perfect for a host of content management systems. It has a very intuitive “table creation” feature to help users construct HTML tables.


openWYSIWYG

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5. Whizzywig

Is a free JavaScript web-based rich-text editor. Aside from features you’d expect from a rich-text editor, Whizzywig also has a Spanish and German version, a web-safe color picker to change your text’s colors, and custom-designed UI controls.


Whizzywig

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6. WYMeditor

Is a web-based HTML editor that emphasizes the use of standards-compliant markup. It was developed to output compliant HTML 4.01 Strict Doctype HTML, so it’s the perfect solution for the standards-aware developer.


WYMeditor

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7. Silverlight Rich Text Editor

Is the first rich-text editor for Silverlight. It has many useful features such as “find and replace” to quickly find specific text or to batch-replace them with something else, keyboard shortcuts support, serialization of text input for security, and much more.


Silverlight Rich Text Editor

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8. FreeTextBox

A robust, fully-featured, and extremely popular rich-text editor for ASP.NET. It has a built-in image gallery, a helpful JavaScript API for customization, and a full list of editing controls for constructing tables, ordered/unordered lists, and even spellchecking (using the IE spellchecking engine).


FreeTextBox

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9. markItUp!

Is a JavaScript-based markup editor built on top of the jQuery library. With markItUp!, you can easily turn any HTML textarea into a fully-featured WYSIWYG editor. It’s lightweight (the script weighs in at only 6.5kb), supports keyboard shortcuts, has a built-in Ajax live preview and many more features that make markItUp! an excellent choice


markItUp!

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10. BXE

Is an XML-based WYSIWYG editor that allows you to change an entire web page. It has been an open source application since 2002 – and with a devout following – you might be able to quickly find some help if you run into any issues in the BXE IRC channel.


BXE

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  • http://www.echteinfach.tv/ Marcello

    For years I’m searching for a userfriendly math editor (rich text and easy notation of formulas). Nothing easy found yet.

    Any ideas someone? thanks ;)

    PS: http://www.openwebware.com/wysiwyg/demo.shtml
    FF says “Reported Attack Page!”

  • sdg

    openWYSIWYG is ancient and apparently doesn’t even recognize Chrome. Should it really be on this list?