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openWYSIWYG 1.01 beta (Rich textarea replacement)

Author: Steve | Homepage

Description: openWYSIWYG is a 100% free cross-browser WYSIWYG editor that replaces the plain <textarea>s in your forms. Among its highlights are:

  • Format text, align paragraphs, create lists, insert images and tables, all visually.
  • View the HTML source code of what you're editing.
  • It loads extremely fast and is completely written in JavaScript and DHTML.
  • 100% free, open source application released under the LGPL, meaning you can distribute it in your content management system or custom web application, all free and without restrictions!
  • openWYSIWYG is cross-browser compatible and will work with the most popular internet browsers, such as IE 5.5+ (Windows), Firefox 1.0+, Mozilla 1.3+ and Netscape 7+.

Current version: 1.01 beta (March 22nd, 06). We'll update this script once newer versions are released.

Read the full documentation here.



Simply download the zip file (right click, select "Save As"), which contains all the necessary files for the script.

Sample form

A sample form with OpenWYSIWYG added looks like this:

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="wysiwyg.js">

<form name="example" method="get">
<textarea id="textarea1" name="test1" style="height: 170px; width: 500px;">

<script language="javascript1.2">


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