htmlArea was the original name for a widget that replaced
textarea elements with a full WYSIWYG editor.
The project has since vanished into oblivion, but given that Safari’s HTML editing was fundamentally broken until version 3, I started keeping a mini-directory of similar efforts here, mostly based on
I started doing that back in February 2009. It’s now 2016, and we still haven’t fixed this.
In short, it’s amazing how much effort people are wasting putting together (often brilliant) solutions for something that should have been sorted out early on in the history of the web browser.
|Older||Flash Text Area||Flash||works pretty well, even considering the formatting options are very limited|
|flashArea||free, $5 for source code. Does images, but has a bazillion standalone
|Obedit||pretty good for text-only input, doesn’t do images.|
|Flash text editor||pretty old.|