Comparison of browser-based WYSIWYG editors

Posted on Tuesday, May 03, 2005 @ 15:03:48 CDT in General
by kguske

The rise of portals and content management systems (CMS) has enabled webmasters to create and to maintain websites without using expensive web tools and time-consuming file transfers. This comparison details the features and capabilities of these tools, which can be and, in some cases, already have been integrated into open-source applications like PHP-Nuke.

Name FCKEditor HTMLArea SPAW TinyMCE Xinha
Version 2.1.1 3.0 RC1 1.1RC1 2.01 Not specified
License LGPL BSD GPL LGPL BSD
Internet Explorer 5.5+ 5.5+ 5.5+ Yes, version?? Yes, version??
Gecko (Firefox / Mozilla / Netscape) 1.0+ / 1.3+ / 7+ 1.3+ 1.3+ Yes, version?? Yes, version??
 Opera  No  No  No  Not working  No
 Safari  No  No  No  "Buggy"  No
Edit          
Cut / Copy / Paste * Gecko requires security settings Yes, with Gecko workaround Yes Yes, does not indicate Gecko Yes Yes
Undo / Redo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML Cleanup / Paste from Word Yes No IE only Yes Yes
Paste as text Yes No No Yes No
Edit source HTML (raw) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Preview Yes No No Yes No
Various sizes No No No IE Only No
Find / Replace Yes No No Yes (replace all) Yes
Select All (right click option in IE) Yes No No No No
Insert Date / Time (use FireFox BBCode ext.) No No No Yes No
Format          
Bold / Italic / Underline Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subscript / Superscript Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Strikethrough Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Text Color Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Background Color Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fonts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Size HTML size w/ examples HTML Size w/ pt desc Yes Yes HTML Size w/ pt desc
Indent / Unindent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Justify Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Left Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Right Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full (Left & Right) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Direction (right / left) Yes No No No No
Insert Page Break Yes ?? ?? Yes ??
CSS Classes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Document Properties Yes Yes No No Yes
Emoticons / Smileys Yes No No Yes No
Special characters Yes No No Yes Yes
Remove Format Yes No No Yes Yes
HTML Objects          
Anchors Yes No No Yes Yes
Images (insert URL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Upload Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Preview Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Select Yes ?? Yes Yes Yes
Properties Yes ?? Yes Yes Yes
Alternate Image on Mouseover No No No Yes Yes
Popup No No Yes Yes No
Flash Yes No No Yes No
Format (H1, etc.) Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Form (create) Yes No No No No
Text Yes No No No No
Textarea Yes No No No No
Checkbox Yes No No No No
Radio Button Yes No No No No
Button Yes No No No No
Image Button Yes No No No No
Hidden Field Yes No No No No
Horizontal rule (line) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Height No No No Yes No
Hyperlinks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Remove Yes No No Yes Yes
List bullet / Ordered Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tables (create) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Modify table properties Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Modify row properties No Yes No Yes Yes
Modify cell properties Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Insert / delete rows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Insert / delete columns Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Merge/split cells horizontally Yes Yes IE Only Yes Yes
Merge/split cells vertically No Yes IE Only Yes Yes
Toggle borders No No IE Only Yes Yes
Background image No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Control          
Skins / Themes Yes No Includes 4 Yes No
Customizable Toolbars Yes Yes Includes 4 preset Yes Yes
Horizontal and vertical toolbars No No Yes No No
Same page, different config Yes ?? Yes Yes ??
Multiple language Yes ?? almost 30 included Yes ??
Auto Detect Yes No No No No
Right to left support Yes No No Yes No
Universal keyboard / extra character support Yes No No Yes No
General          
Tooltips Yes Yes IE Only Yes Yes
Plugins Yes Yes No Yes, commercial Yes
Spell IE Only, SpellerPages integration available Yes No IE Only Yes
Print Yes No No Yes No
XHTML 1.0 support Yes ?? ?? Yes ??
Online Help No Yes No Yes No
Right click context menus support Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Complete page editing (from to ) or just contents. Yes No No No No
Automatic browser detection and customization Yes No Yes No Yes
Administration          
Documentation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Examples Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Size          
Subjective          
Speed OK OK OK OK OK
Ease of installation          
Ease of customization          
User friendliness          
Comments Very nice visual table editor Custom spell checker works in IE and Gecko Some tools don't work under Firefox Nice image manager, visual table editor almost as nice as FCK, nice recent compliance enhancements Nice image functions, link manager available as plugin
           
Paste from Word Test Some headings too large, included links correctly N/A Some headings too large, included links correctly Some headings too large, included links correctly Some headings too large, included links correctly

 

 
 
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