I recently had an email exchange with someone asking me about how to approach writing their own WYSIWYG editor control for web applications.

Perhaps an interesting academic exorcize, or maybe he has some very specific applicationĀ  but it got me thinking about how many implementations there are out there already !

While searching I found this great list which is lifted entirely from Mike Pope [ Click HERE to Read at Mike's Blog ] – THANKS MIKE !

Rich Editor Controls that you can use with ASP.NET

HTML Editors
As near as I can tell, all of these work in-browser and produce HTML or XHTML.

Word Processing, RTF, PDF, and more
These variously support other formats, notably non-HTML (e.g. RTF) and sometimes PDF.

Other/Not Sure
I’m not sure how exactly these fit into the picture; they’re listed at least in one location as being ASP.NET editors.

  • Community Editor (BigByte). Desktop editing, it says; possibly not in-page HTML editing? Appears to be free.
  • DevEdit NX (Interspire). Not 100% clear that it supports ASP.NET.

More Information

  • A similar list is available at 123aspx.com.
  • Daniel Walzenbach published a list as well in December 2007. With pictures! :-)
  • Scott Mitchell has an article on using FreeTextBox.
  • Building a WYSIWYG HTML Editor” A two-part article by Mitchell Harper. I’m pretty certain that this is for Internet Explorer only, tho.