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If you are tired of having to write HTML code just to create style text, FCKeditor is for you. It is free open source editor that works well with Drupal. It is name by the way comes from the initial of its originator for Federico Cole Derrick Nobin. There are other reach text editors as well notable among them being something called tiny MCE. And partisans on all sides will argue and their editor is the best. You can see them all in the Filters and Editor section of the module part of Drupal.org.
This module as what all modules will change as new versions are released. As a result the interface and features you see here might not match what is on your computer. We have al ready downloaded and installed this module. If you need help doing so see the video in this series entitled Unpacking and Installing Modules. To turn On the module you have to Administer and Modules as with any other module. You will then hide the once at the top just to get to the bottom quicker and there you have it FCKeditor. We'll enable it and Save our configuration. Now, let us go and administer by clicking on Administer and searching for FCK by hitting command F in the MAC or Ctrl+F on a PC.
There it is so we click on that but wait a second we cannot actually administer it because we are missing some parts. We note this warning that says it is not installed correctly. You have to go and download the FCKeditor from its home page. Well let us go there. Once there you can download the editor either by clicking on this zip link or the .gz link depending on which one is appropriate for your platform. The reason is for this is that the FCKeditor module for Drupal is really only an interface between the FCKeditor program and Drupal itself. The program has to be downloaded separately.
We have done that already. So let us go to our finder and hide everything else to expose it. To install it into the FCKeditor module, you will open the module and put it in this folder here called FCKeditor. If you open that folder in fact you will see a text file that just says Copy Here. We will overwrite this folder by dragging this one in to the fckeditor 2 folder like so. And yes, we do want to replace it. Now, let us go back to our administrative interface and reload this page.
Terrific! FCKeditor is now working, however it does warn us that the only person who can use it is the administrator. No other roles have access to use the FCKeditor. We will fix that right now by going to administer and scroll down to Permissions. Once there go down to the FCKeditor module. There are permissions here that are important. The first is Access FCKeditor. I think I will let all of our regular users that is authenticated users, use that editor. You can also decide whether not to allow people to upload files through the FCKeditor, I think I will leave that alone and, of course, administer FCKeditor let somebody turn it On and Off and change with the pages that appears on in so forth.
I would like the way we have it now, so I will scroll down to the bottom and then click save Permissions. Then go back to administer scroll down a little bit and FCKeditor. I have to warn you that FCKeditor is very hard to administer. It has many settings and is extremely configurable. But let us take a quick look at exactly what happens in its default configuration. Let us go to Fishy Joe's account. Fishy Joe is an ordinary user who we have logged in. In Firefox he might go up to Create Content and then to Blog Entry.
And you'll notice something very different. The title in blog post categories are normal but under the body you have all of these options to enter style text. Let us enter little bit of text just to see what it can do. I think this is great. If we highlight great we can then make it bold or italic as you can see it works very much like any word processor you might have used. It has other features as well for example you can add Links and Anchors if it is a long document. You can even add Images or Flash Movies. It also has a Smiley Editor so you can enter all sorts of emoticons in to your message. I am not going to do that right now.
FCKeditor has one major drawback for users that is it overwrites some of your Command key combinations- that is, the things that happen when you hold down the Command key on the Mac or the Ctrl on the PC- so they do not work the way you expect. For example the Cmd+L usually goes up to the address bar and lets you do to the different webpage, but if you hit that while you are in FCKeditor, it does something completely different. Let us go very quickly back to the administrative interface. As I mention before FCKeditor is extremely difficult to configure. However there is good news, there is web site that tells you specifically how to administer it within Drupal. That web site is at drupal. fckeditor.net. FCKeditor is touchy both for the user who might loose the post by hitting the wrong keys, and for the administrator who has a maze of options to way through.
But those who demand style text on their sites love it for the number and variety of options that it has. And for how it can make your site more fun and color full for your members.
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