What does it do?

The extension offers a Rich Text Editor or RTE with the following features:

  • Support for Firefox 1.5+, SeaMonkey 1.0+, Safari 3.0.4+, Google Chrome 1.0+ and Opera 9.62+ on all platforms, and for IE 9.0+ on Windows platforms;
  • Integration of TYPO3 image insertion and link insertion browsers, configurable color selector and user element insertion dialog;
  • Configuration through TYPO3 Extension Manager, Page and User TSconfig RTE properties; three default sets of Page and User TSconfig configuration settings for typical situations, advanced users or demo environments;
  • Integration with the translation facilities of TYPO3;
  • Block and inline CSS style selector boxes with style descriptors imported from an external CSS file;
  • Integration of a spell checking feature providing server-side spell checking in many languages, with optional personal dictionaries for backend users;
  • Integration of ContextMenu, TableOperations, InsertSmiley, FindReplace, RemoveFormat, CharacterMap, QuickTag and Acronym htmlArea extensions;
  • Anchor accessibility feature;
  • Clean paste feature;
  • Hook on Lorem Ipsum wizard so that dummy content may be inserted when the editor is in wysiwyg mode;
  • Optional configurable server-side HTML cleaning when content is pasted into the editor;
  • A class that may be used in front end extensions to enable rich text editing of text fields.


If spell checker feature is enabled, then Static Info Tables version 2.0.0+ is required.

The spell checker feature requires GNU Aspell 0.60+ to be installed on the server.

The spell checker requires PHP to be compiled with pspell. If PHP is not compiled with pspell, the spell checker will function in shell_exec mode.

The hook on the Lorem Ipsum wizard requires version 1.1.0+ of the Lorem Ipsum extension (lorem_ipsum).


Please see/report problems on TYPO3 Forge under category rtehtmlarea.

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What’s new

The following features have been added in TYPO3 6.0:

  • the RTE fully supports the new TYPO3 file abstraction layer (FAL);
  • when Internet Explorer 9 is used in native mode, the RTE always uses the standard objects, properties and methods now supported by this browser;
  • default paste behaviours for pasteStructure and pasteFormat have been modified to keep HTML5 tags article, aside, footer, header, nav and section; these defaults may be modified by configuring button pastebehaviour in Page TSconfig;
  • Page TSconfig properties that were deprecated since TYPO3 4.6 are now removed.