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Code Project Article Writer Helper

, 9 Aug 2003
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Some HTML and JavaScript that helps you write and preview CP articles.
<!-- Article image -->

Sample Image - articlehelp.jpg

<!-- Add the rest of your HTML here -->

Introduction

Here is a utility you may find useful when writing articles for the Code Project[^] offline. It should cut down on your HTML formatting time plus it will give you a preview all on the same page. As far as I know, it only works in Internet Explorer.

How to Use It

There are buttons on the left of the textarea that mimic the HTML insertion on the CP forums pages. I added p (<p></p>), br (<br>), space (&nbsp;), sup (<sup></sup>), sub (<sub></sub>), H2 (<H2></H2>) and img (<img src=...>) since articles may need them.

The textarea is where you type the article, of course.

The buttons below the textarea are for normal editing of the textarea except for the preview button. Preview will show you a close approximation of how the page will look in a <div> below the buttons.

Here is some code for the preview:

function ShowPreview()
{
    // replace div innerHTML content
    previewarea.innerHTML = '<table border=1 width=100 
        height=100% cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0><tr>
        <td valign=top align=left>' + Form1.inputarea.value 
        + '</td></tr></table>';
}
...
<button onclick="ShowPreview()" type="button">Preview</button>
...
<div name="previewarea" id="previewarea" style="WIDTH: 100%;
    HEIGHT: 300px; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffffff"></div>

Conclusion

This article was created in the Article Helper, so as you can see, it seems to work OK. I hope you find it helpful.

Most of this javascript code was shamelessly stolen from the Code Project's Reply To a Message page. I hope Chris doesn't mind...

Revision History

Version 1.1
  • Updates the preview area on the OnKeyUp event of the textarea, and also after the OnClick of all relevant buttons. (Thanks for the suggestion Zek3vil!)
Version 1.2
  • Added ol, ul, and li buttons for making tables of contents.
  • Added buttons to open an HTML file, and Save the Helper text to an HTML file.
Version 1.3
  • XHTML compliant tags. (Suggested by Thomas Freudenberg)
  • Added a quot button for entering quotation marks. (" ")
  • Added a table button, plus row and column input areas to make HTML tables.
         
         
  • Added drop down list of less commonly used tags including:
    blockquote, center, cite, div, dl, dt, dd, em, H1, H3, H4, H5, H6, hr, iframe, hr, marquee, tt
    Choose a tag and click the use button to paste it into the page.

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About the Author

Jason Henderson
Software Developer (Senior)
United States United States
I have been a professional developer since 1996. I live in the middle of no where in Illinois, USA. I am married and have four children.

Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralAccess Denied errors in Windows 7 (maybe vista too?) Pinmembercompninja254-Mar-10 14:22 
GeneralChrome Doesn't like it. Pinmemberely_bob9-Dec-09 9:12 
Generalnot Firefox PinmemberMichael Sync5-Nov-06 23:23 
GeneralArticle Helper Earthquakes PinmemberDave Rapp13-Dec-04 13:37 
GeneralRe: Article Helper Earthquakes PinmemberJason Henderson13-Dec-04 16:47 
GeneralMissing Functionality PinmemberBassam Abdul-Baki29-Jan-04 3:26 
One thing that's needed is a button that will add the default Code Project article template to the text area. This way, users without a handy article or an internet connection can still work on their article for submission.

Good job.
GeneralRe: Missing Functionality PinmemberJeffrey Walton16-Dec-06 20:19 
GeneralQuick question... PinmemberBoozeBomb4-Aug-03 4:42 
GeneralRe: Quick question... PinmemberJason Henderson4-Aug-03 5:12 
GeneralRe: Quick question... PinmemberBoozeBomb4-Aug-03 7:19 
GeneralXHTML PinmemberThomas Freudenberg9-Mar-03 22:23 
GeneralRe: XHTML PinmemberJason Henderson4-Aug-03 5:04 
GeneralRe: XHTML PinmemberThomas Freudenberg4-Aug-03 5:20 
GeneralRe: XHTML PinmemberGilesHinton11-May-07 21:11 
GeneralVersion 1.2 is not available for DL Pinmemberkbuchan5-Mar-03 4:44 
GeneralRe: Version 1.2 is not available for DL PinmemberJason Henderson5-Mar-03 4:50 
GeneralRe: Version 1.2 is not available for DL Pinmemberkbuchan6-Mar-03 2:35 
GeneralRe: Version 1.2 is not available for DL PinmemberJason Henderson6-Mar-03 3:00 
GeneralRe: Version 1.2 is not available for DL Pinmemberkbuchan6-Mar-03 3:33 
GeneralRe: Version 1.2 is not available for DL PinmemberJason Henderson11-Mar-03 10:50 
GeneralMe again! PinmemberMarc Clifton27-Feb-03 13:52 
GeneralRe: Me again! PinmemberJason Henderson27-Feb-03 14:43 
GeneralRe: Me again! PinmemberMarc Clifton28-Feb-03 0:26 
GeneralRe: Me again! PinadminChris Maunder28-Feb-03 7:28 
GeneralRe: Me again! PinmemberJason Henderson1-Mar-03 17:12 

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