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When you configure a table in
$TCA and add a field of the type "text"
which is edited by a
<textarea>, you can choose to use a Rich Text
Editor (RTE) instead of the simple form field. A RTE enables the users
to use visual formatting aids to create bold, italic, paragraphs,
For full details about setting up a field to use a RTE, please refer to the chapter labeled 'special-configuration-options' in older versions of the TCA Reference.
The short story is that it's enough to set the key
enableRichtext to true.
'poem' => array( 'exclude' => 0, 'label' => 'LLL:EXT:examples/locallang_db.xml:tx_examples_haiku.poem', 'config' => array( 'type' => 'text', 'cols' => 40, 'rows' => 6, 'enableRichtext' => true ), ),
This works for FlexForms too.
Don't forget to enable Rich Text Editor in the back end, in User Settings -> Edit and Advanced functions, check "Enable Rich Text Editor", if not already done.