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When searching for the best rich text editor, you need to focus on the solution that will excel in the six main areas. In addition you need to find an editor that also simplifies the web production ...

When searching for the best rich text editor, you need to focus on the solution that will excel in the six main areas. In addition you need to find an editor that also simplifies the web production and management process, boosts author productivity and, most importantly, enhances your website content. Learn more about our Rich Text Editor by visiting http://ephox.com/.

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  • SIX WAYS TO EVALUATE A RICH TEXT EDITOR
  • SIX WAYS TO EVALUATE A RICH TEXT EDITOR  A rich text editor should provide all the functions you need whenever you need them.  It should cover the basics as well as offer unique capabilities with an easy-to-use, stress-free approach.  Most important of all, it needs to work each and every time.  The best rich text editors will excel in six areas.  Therefore, make sure you evaluate your options based on these capabilities.
  • SIX WAYS TO EVALUATE A RICH TEXT EDITOR 1. Low Maintenance Editing    Editing online content should be a breeze.   Your editor should provide an intuitive interface that requires no learning curve.    If  you  copy  and  paste  content  from  other  sources,  it  should  be  done  without  a  glitch.    Imports need to be clean and content structures maintained.    A rich text editor should not bring in any messy HTML markup or CSS styling.   Instead, you get reliable headings, tables, lists and images.  Whether the content is from a desktop word processor or a web page all images,  text, headings, lists and tables should be imported.    A good editor will simplify HTML table editing as well.    You  should  be  able  to  easily  do  things  like  resize  inline  tables  for  rows  and  columns, merge and split cells, and more.
  • SIX WAYS TO EVALUATE A RICH TEXT EDITOR 2. Great Looking, Consistent Content    Your  rich  text  editor  needs  to  ensure  consistency  throughout  the  site  through  style sheet restrictions and other formatting features.    The  editor  should  also  allow  flexibility  so  you  can  customize  formatting  as  desired.  A big bonus for a rich text editor is to have a built-in image editor.    It’s  a  hassle  to  download  images  and  then  have  to  open  them  up  in  another  application to edit.    It’s much more efficient to resize, crop and apply effects directly in the rich text  editor. 3. Improved Collaboration    Rich text editors need to promote collaboration among reviewers and authors by  allowing comments to be embedded within the content.    A tracking changes feature is absolutely imperative as well.    Highlighting information about changes saves time and energy.
  • SIX WAYS TO EVALUATE A RICH TEXT EDITOR 4. Accessibility Checking    Before content is published, accessibility checking can look for compliance issues.     Working  like  spell  check,  this  capability  can  notice  things  like  images  missing  alternative text, inaccessible tables and other accessibility issues.    You should be able to create accessible content as you type.    Your  editor  needs  accessibility  tools  to  ensure  your  content  is  compliant  with  WCAG and Section 508 guidelines.    You also need to consider browser support requirements.  And, creating standards-compliant HTML is a critical capability for your editor.    If  your  content  can’t  be  used  on  a  mobile  device,  you’re  severely  limiting  your  accessibility. 
  • SIX WAYS TO EVALUATE A RICH TEXT EDITOR 5. Internationalization    Has the rich text editor been translated into different languages?    Is it localized with dictionaries for spell checking in different languages?    Can it be adapted to specific countries?    An  editor  should  support  language-specific  character  sets  and  other  special  requirements. 6. Customizable    You’ll  want  to  make  sure  your  rich  text  editor  can  be  easily  and  quickly  customized.    Anything you want to change should be able to be adapted to your requirements.    For example, you may want to adjust the interface, including the menu items and  toolbar buttons, to suit your preferences. 
  • SIX WAYS TO EVALUATE A RICH TEXT EDITOR 6. Customizable (cont.)    When searching for the best rich text editor, you need to focus on the solution that  will excel in the six areas noted above.   In addition you need to find an editor that also simplifies the web production and  management process, boosts author productivity and, most importantly, enhances  your website content.
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR Tom Smith is VP Worldwide Sales and Marketing  for Ephox Corporation, a fast-growing software  company focused on delivering content  performance solutions for developers, marketers,  authors and web production teams.   Learn more about our Rich Text Editor by visiting  http://ephox.com.