Rich Text, Plain Text and the TinyMCE Editor

  • Rich Text Format (often abbreviated RTF) is a WYSIWG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) document format that can be read and written by most word processors, such as Microsoft Word. The editor our site uses to create rich text is called TinyMCE (Tiny Moxiecode Editor).
  • You may enable or disable rich text in content boxes throughout the site. You may also enable or disable it by default from the Edit tab your your user account settings. Disabling rich text will speed up the load time of all Edit pages but does not prevent you from enabling it in the content box you are working on.
  • The icons shown in the rich text editor are very similar to those seen in other word processors. Hovering your mouse over each icon tells you what it does.
  • There are a limited number of Formats to choose from. Experimentation is the best teacher. What you see isn't always quite what you get.
  • Caution: Do not paste from Word with the "W" icon unless you are willing to clean up a lot of messy code. Use the "T" icon to paste plain text. Pasting from Word or other web pages is ok. Do your formatting after you paste content or create your content directly in the content box without any pasting.
  • Warning: Do not edit text containing PHP code using rich text mode!  Simply turning rich text mode on then off again can corrupt the php -- you don't even have to touch the text! If you see the string <?php in the text block, it contains PHP code.
  • It is easy to go back to your previous work. Just click the Revisions tab at the top of each page. Revert to an earlier version as needed.