Rich Text to HTML Editors: Making Web Development Easier with Code View

Have you ever wondered how websites let you write fancy text without knowing HTML? That’s where rich text to HTML editors come in handy. These tools are super useful for web developers. Today, we’re going to explore how these editors work, especially the cool “code view” feature.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Rich text editors let anyone create nice-looking content without writing HTML
  • Code view lets developers see and edit the actual HTML
  • Switching between normal view and code view gives more control over content
  • You can make things happen automatically when someone changes the code view
  • Adding code view makes content editing more powerful and flexible

What Are Rich Text to HTML Editors?

First of all, let’s talk about rich text editors. These are tools that make it easy for people to write fancy text on websites. You can make words bold, add pictures, and organize your writing without knowing any complicated code. Behind the scenes, these editors turn your writing into neat HTML code.

Why Code View is Awesome

Now, while most people are happy just writing their content, sometimes developers need to see what’s happening under the hood. That’s where code view comes in. It’s like peeking behind the curtain to see how the magic happens.

Here’s why code view is so cool:

  1. You can fix tricky problems that you can’t see in the normal view
  2. You can add special code to make your content look exactly how you want
  3. It helps make websites easier to use for people with disabilities
  4. You can clean up messy code to make your website faster

How to Use Code View

Let’s look at how you might set up code view in a rich text editor. Don’t worry if this looks complicated – it’s just an example!

var editor = new FroalaEditor('#froala', {
  pluginsEnabled: ['codeView'],
  codeViewKeepActiveButtons: ['selectAll'],
  events: {
    'codeView.update': function () {
      document.getElementById("eg-previewer").textContent = this.codeView.get();
    }
  }
});

This code does a few things:

  • Enable code view: This allows users to directly interact with the code.

  • Maintain “select all” functionality: Ensure users can still easily select all code within code view.

  • Dynamic response to code changes: Trigger an action or update based on modifications made in the code view.

Making Things Happen Automatically

One of the coolest things about code view is that you can make stuff happen automatically when someone changes the code. For example, you could update a preview of your website in real-time as you type.

A Real-Life Example

Let’s put it all together with a real example. Imagine you’re building a website where people can write blog posts. You want to give them a normal editor, but also let them see the HTML if they want to. Here’s how that might look:

<h1>Code View Plugin</h1>
<div id='froala'>
 Open the code viewer, edit the code and close the code view mode, this will trigger the codeView.update event and in this example, the HTML code inside the code view mode will appear under the editor.
</div>
<br/>
<pre id="eg-previewer">
</pre>

And here’s the code that makes it work:

 

var editor = new FroalaEditor('#froala', {
  pluginsEnabled: ['codeView'],
  codeViewKeepActiveButtons: ['selectAll'],
  events: {
    'codeView.update': function () {
      document.getElementById("eg-previewer").textContent = this.codeView.get();
    }
  }
});

 

This code sets up an editor where people can write normally. But if they want to, they can also see and edit the HTML code. Whenever they make a change in code view, it automatically updates a preview of the HTML below the editor.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, rich text to HTML editors with code view are super helpful tools for web developers. They make it easy for anyone to create nice-looking content, while still giving developers the power to tweak things behind the scenes.

By adding code view to your projects, you’re giving yourself and your users more control and flexibility. Whether you’re building a blog, a website builder, or any other kind of web app, consider using a rich text editor with code view. It’s like having the best of both worlds – easy for beginners, but powerful for experts!

 

Posted on July 11, 2024

Carl Cruz

Product Marketing Manager for Froala. A technical enthusiast at heart.

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