Rich Text Editor

Brightspot’s rich-text editor provides tools for adding special features to a text field. The special features include formatting (such as boldface or italics), inserting images and videos, adding hyperlinks, and tracked changes. You can paste content from Microsoft Word or Google Docs directly into the rich-text editor.

The following sections describe the features available in Brightspot’s default rich-text editor. Your version of Brightspot may have different features.

Text Formatting

The following table lists the text formatting you can apply with the default rich-text toolbar.

Button Name Description Example
../../../_images/rte-bold.png Boldface Applies boldface to selected text. The cow jumped over the moon.
../../../_images/rte-italic.png Italic Applies italic to selected text. The cow jumped under the moon.
../../../_images/rte-underline.png Underline Applies underline to selected text. The cow jumped around the moon.
../../../_images/rte-strikethrough.png Strikethrough Applies strikethrough to selected text. The cow jumped through the moon.
../../../_images/rte-superscript.png Superscript Applies superscript to selected text. The cow jumped on top of the moon.
../../../_images/rte-subscript.png Subscript Applies subscript to selected text. The cow jumped over everything except the moon.
../../../_images/rte-clear.png Clear Removes formatting from selected text. The cow jumped over the moon.

HTML Markup

The following table lists the HTML effects you can apply with the default rich-text toolbar.

Button Name Description Example
../../../_images/rte-link.png Link Inserts hyperlink over selected text. Nobody delivers content like <a href=”http://www.brightspot.com”>Brightspot</a>.
../../../_images/rte-html.png Raw HTML Opens editor to enter HTML code. Aliens <b>Demand</b> Submission!
../../../_images/rte-html-mode.png HTML Mode Displays contents of editing area in HTML code. Click again to return to the rich-text editor. Aliens <b>Demand</b> Submission!
../../../_images/rte-enhancement.png Enhancement Opens a widget for adding an enhancement. The available enhancements depend on your version of Brightspot. Most versions include a widget for Adding External Content.  

Lists

The following table lists the type of lists you can create with the default rich-text editor.

Button Name Description Example
../../../_images/rte-bullet.png Bulleted list Applies bullets to selected paragraphs.
  • Roses are red
  • Violets are blue
  • Most poems rhyme
  • But not this one
../../../_images/rte-number.png Numbered list Applies numbering to selected paragraphs.
  1. Close water main.
  2. Disassemble faucet.
  3. Accept limitations.
  4. Call plumber.

Text Alignment

The following table lists the alignment you can apply with the default rich-text editor.

Button Name Description Example
../../../_images/rte-left.png Left alignment Left-aligns text within its container. Text looking for alignment.
../../../_images/rte-center.png Center alignment Centers text within its container.
Text looking for alignment.
../../../_images/rte-right.png Right alignment Right-aligns text within its container.
Text looking for alignment.

Copy Editing

The following table lists the copy editing you can do with the default rich-text editor.

Button Name Description Example
../../../_images/rte-track.png Start tracking changes. Added text appears with a green background; deleted text appears with a pink background with strikethrough.
For my wedding, I want something old, something newa honeymoon in Tahiti.
../../../_images/rte-accept.png Accept change. Accepts a change. For my wedding, I want a honeymoon in Tahiti.
../../../_images/rte-reject.png Reject change. Rejects a change. For my wedding, I want something old, something new.
../../../_images/rte-preview.png Preview changes. Provides a preview of your text as if you accept all changes. For my wedding, I want a honeymoon in Tahiti.
../../../_images/rte-comment-add.png Add comment. Adds a comment. Are you sure about this? Aliens abducted to Area 51!
../../../_images/rte-comment-delete.png Delete comment. Deletes a comment. Aliens abducted to Area 51!
../../../_images/rte-comment-collapse.png Comment collapse. With the cursor inside the comment, collapses the comment to an ellipsis. Aliens abducted to Area 51!

Tables

The following table lists the actions available for working with tables.

Button Name Description
../../../_images/rte-table-add.png Add table. Opens a widget for adding a table.
../../../_images/rte-table-up.png Move up. Moves the table up one line in the editing area.
../../../_images/rte-table-down.png Move down. Moves the table down one line in the editing area.
../../../_images/rte-table-remove.png Remove table. Removes the entire table. Displays a Remove Completely button for confirmation.

In addition, you can copy/paste tables into the editing area from spreadsheet applications such as Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets.

You edit a table by clicking in one of the cells and then selecting from the popup menu.

../../../_images/edit-table-options.png

The following table describes each of the menu options. The available options change depending on the cell you select.

Item Description
Edit Cell Opens a widget for adding content to the cell. This widget is itself a rich-text editor, so you can use it to add text, formatting, graphics, and videos depending on your version of Brightspot.
Clear Cell Removes contents of cell.
Add Row Above Creates a new row above the cell. The new row will have the same number of columns as the current row.
Add Row Below Creates a new row below the cell. The new row will have the same number of columns as the current row.
Delete Row Deletes the row containing the cell.
Add Column Right Creates a new column to the right of the cell. The new column will have the same number of rows as the current column.
Add Column Left Creates a new column to the left of the cell. The new column will have the same number of rows as the current column.
Delete Column Deletes the column containing the cell.
Undo Reverts the last change made to the table.
Redo Recommits the last change made to the table.
Merge Cell Right Combines contents of cell with the cell to the right.
Merge Cell Below Combines contents of cell with the cell below.

Keyboard Shortcuts

The following table lists some of the keyboard shortcuts available in the editing area. If you need a keyboard shortcut that’s not listed, contact your Brightspot developer to add it.

Shortcut Description
Select
Ctrl-A (Windows), ⌘-A (OS X) Select all.
Move
Up, Ctrl-P (OS X) Move cursor up.
Down, Ctrl-N (OS X) Move cursor down.
Left Move cursor left.
Right, Ctrl-F (OS X) Move cursor right.
⌥-B (OS X) Move word left.
⌥-F (OS X) Move word right.
PageUp, ⇧-Ctrl-V (OS X) Move cursor up one screen.
PageDown, Ctrl-V (OS X) Move cursor down one screen.
Ctrl-Home (Windows), ⌘-Home (OS X), ⌘-Up (OS X) Move cursor to start of editing area.
Ctrl-End (Windows), ⌘-End (OS X), ⌘-Down (OS X) Move cursor to end of editing area.
Alt-Left (Windows), Ctrl-A (OS X) Move cursor to beginning of paragraph.
Home Move to first non-black character in paragraph; if already at that character, move to beginning of paragraph.
Alt-Right (Windows), Ctrl-E (OS X) Move cursor to end of paragraph.
⌘-Right (OS X) Move cursor to end of line.
⌘-Left (OS X) Move cursor to beginning of line.
Delete
Delete, Ctrl-D (OS X) Delete character right.
⌘-Delete (OS X) Delete to beginning of line.
Backspace, Ctrl-H (OS X) Delete character left.
⌥-Delete (OS X) Delete word left.
⌥-D (OS X) Delete word right.
Find
Ctrl-F (Windows), ⌘-F (OS X) Find.
Ctrl-G (Windows), ⌘-G (OS X) Find next.
Shift-Ctrl-G (Windows), ⌘-⇧-G (OS X) Find previous.
Shift-Ctrl-F (Windows), ⌘-⌥-F (OS X) Replace.
Shift-Ctrl-R (Windows), ⇧-⌘-⌥-F (OS X) Replace all.
Special
Ctrl-] (Windows), ⌘-] (OS X) Indent first line of paragraph.
Ctrl-T (OS X) Transpose characters at cursor.
Ctrl-K Insert hyperlink.
Ctrl-Z (Windows), ⌘-Z (OS X) Undo last change.
Ctrl-S, ⌘-S Save.

Adding External Content

You can insert links to External Content into the rich-text editor. Brightspot displays the external content as a preview in the rich-text editor and in the published version.

  1. On the rich-text editor’s toolbar, select Enhancement > External Content. The Content Picker appears for selecting the enhancement you want to insert. The available selections depend on your version of Brightspot, but most versions include an option for inserting external content.

  2. Under Create, select External Content and click New. The New External Content widget appears.

    ../../../_images/external-content-widget.png
  3. In the URL field, paste the URL of the external content. Depending on your version of Brightspot, this can be an image, a Facebook post, or almost anything available on the internet.

  4. In the Maximum Width and Maximum Height fields, type the width and height of the preview.

  5. Click Save Draft, then click Back to Select Enhancement. You return to the Select widget.

  6. Click the external content you just saved. You return to the rich-text editor, and the preview of the external content appears.

  7. Using the toolbar buttons listed below, modify the external content as required.

(You can also add one-off external content by clicking External Content on the toolbar.)

Button Name Description
../../../_images/rte-table-up.png Move up Moves the preview up one line in the editing area.
../../../_images/rte-table-down.png Move down Moves the preview down one line in the editing area.
../../../_images/rte-move-left.png Move left Positions the preview to the left of the editing area. Text wraps around the preview to the right.
../../../_images/rte-move-right.png Move right Positions the preview to the right of the editing area. Text wraps around the preview to the left.
../../../_images/rte-full-line.png Full line Expands the preview’s container to the width of the editing area. Paragraphs do not wrap above or below the preview.
../../../_images/rte-change.png Change Opens the Select widget to replace this external content.
../../../_images/rte-edit.png Edit Opens the Edit External Content widget to modify the external content.
../../../_images/rte-options.png Options Opens the Edit External Content Enhancement Options widget for editing the preview.
../../../_images/rte-table-remove.png Remove Removes the external content.

See also:

Rich Text