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Rich Text Editors in the TYPO3 backend


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, tables, etc.

A RTE in the TYPO3 BE

The rtehtmlarea RTE activated in the TYPO3 backend

For full details about setting up a field to use a RTE, please refer to the TCA Reference.

The short story is that it's enough to add the key defaultExtras to the configuration of the column with the string richtext[] as value:

'poem' => array(
   'exclude' => 0,
   'label' => 'LLL:EXT:examples/locallang_db.xml:tx_examples_haiku.poem',
   'config' => array(
      'type' => 'text',
      'cols' => 40,
      'rows' => 6
   'defaultExtras' => 'richtext[]'

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.

Get a full options RTE

Origin: Documentation Issue #94

Tested for 7.6, probably valid since 7.0

The doc only gives one example for rte using 'defaultExtras' => 'richtext[]'. Note that it is possible to get a "full options RTE" by writing 'defaultExtras' => 'richtext[*]'. It would be very useful to describe in more detail more forms that can be used here.

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