What rich text control for ASP.Net 2.0?

, posted: 12-Feb-2007 21:03

I have a need for a rich text edit control for ASP.Net 2.0.  I've had a quick look around and found that there are a few out there ranging from aweful to very good.

I need a control that will allow the user to do the basics: bold, italic, underline, strikeout, indenting, bullet points, images, hyperlinks, copy and paste change font and colors and thats about it.  Nice to haves would be undo/redo, smilies, preview and paragraph alignment.

There are some really good controls out there (such as this one from Telerik), but the good ones cost money - serious money.  The telerik control is US$395!  I've got two websites I want to use the control in - initially just once on each site, and US$395 seems a little over the top - particularly given neither of these stiesa are businesses which will give a ROI.  It makes the US$795 control kit (with 18 controls in it) look really attractive.

So what do other peolpe do?  Do you fork out or make do with second rate stuff?  Is there a good and reasonably priced control out there that I can get hold of that anyone knows about?

Comment by Hayley Smith, on 13-Feb-2007 08:31

Hey Darryl,

Have you looked at FCKEditor? It's an open source control that we use.


Comment by Simone, on 13-Feb-2007 10:49

Hey Darryl,

did you try FCKeditor? I was in the team that developed it.

If you need any help with it just ask

The url for FCKeditor is: http://www.fckeditor.net/


Comment by Ivan Porto Carrero, on 13-Feb-2007 12:07

Hi Darryl

Lately I like FCKEditor the best.

I use fckeditor in nblogr etc.

I would even choose it over the radeditor of telerik.

there is also freetextbox but that only works good on IE

Then there is tinyMCE http://tinymce.moxiecode.net

(url might be wrong)

Comment by Jonesie, on 14-Feb-2007 20:19

I recently used FreeTextbox on a small sports club home-made-CMS site and I found that it works realy well and was very easy to implement.

Author's note by darrylb, on 19-Feb-2007 11:23

Sweet - thanks guys - I'm now up and running with fckeditor.  Works well.  Just got to customize the toolbar when I get time.

Comment by ahmed, on 22-May-2007 19:49

fckeditor.net is the best

u can easily integrate in your asp.net project

Comment by tcannon, on 4-Aug-2007 01:47

 Did you ever implement a rich text control for ASP.Net 2.0?

If so, which one did you use?

Also, have you ever used a spell checker component?

Author's note by darrylb, on 4-Aug-2007 13:42

I'm using FCKEditor now.  It works great.

I haven't looked for a spell checker yet, sorry.

Comment by sudders, on 7-Aug-2007 02:25

do you know of any that work with visual basic? most the examples i've seen are c# only

Author's note by darrylb, on 7-Aug-2007 08:10

FCKEditor will work with both - its can be used as an ASP.Net Server control which can then be programmed using javascript, VB, C# or whatever .Net language you like to use.

I can't remember what languages the samples are in, but there are multiple languages including samples of using it in classic ASP.

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