Andrew Connell

MOSS 2007 Beta 2 Tech Refresh HTML Editor Control changes... no more popup!

The release of Beta 2 Technical Refresh for MOSS 2007 brings a very welcomed change. In Beta 2 and earlier versions of MOSS 2007, when you went to edit content in a field control containing HTML, you clicked on the body of the field control which launched a popup where you did your editing. Not ideal, but it worked. See animation below for an example: HTML Editor Control in MOSS 2007 Beta 2 In the MOSS 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh, Microsoft revamped this. Instead of it launching a popup, it launches a little toolbar that you can drag around. I like this much more because you now have inline content editing... much nicer (and more like the MCMS 2002 experience). When the field control loses focus, the toolbar goes away. See the following animation for a demonstration: HTML Editor Control in MOSS 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh The implementation is not a popup window, but just a standard DHTML trick. Before you ask, no it doesn't work very well in FireFox. I know, I know... Technorati: moss2007b2, moss2007, wcm...

The release of Beta 2 Technical Refresh for MOSS 2007 brings a very welcomed change. In Beta 2 and earlier versions of MOSS 2007, when you went to edit content in a field control containing HTML, you clicked on the body of the field control which launched a popup where you did your editing. Not ideal, but it worked. See animation below for an example:

HTML Editor Control in MOSS 2007 Beta 2

In the MOSS 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh, Microsoft revamped this. Instead of it launching a popup, it launches a little toolbar that you can drag around. I like this much more because you now have inline content editing… much nicer (and more like the MCMS 2002 experience). When the field control loses focus, the toolbar goes away. See the following animation for a demonstration:

HTML Editor Control in MOSS 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh

The implementation is not a popup window, but just a standard DHTML trick. Before you ask, no it doesn’t work very well in FireFox. I know, I know…

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.