Rich text editors

Throughout the Management Center, some objects contain fields in which you can perform rich text editing and formatting. For example, you can create a bulleted list or add HTML code to enhance the display of text on the storefront.

Management Center provides two rich text editors for this purpose:

In your Management Center preferences, you can activate the rich text editor that you prefer.

The following fields in the Management Center support rich text editing:

List of fields that support CKEditor in Management Center

Management Center tool Fields
Catalogs tool
  • The Long description field in the properties for a product, SKU, bundle, and kit.
  • The Long description field in the properties for a category.
  • The Long description field in the properties for a sales catalog.
Marketing tool
  • The Email content field in the properties for an email template.
  • The Text field in the properties for marketing content.
Promotions tool
  • The Customer viewable long description field in the properties for a promotion under the Descriptions tab.
Commerce Composer tool
  • The Display text field in the properties of the Text Editor widget.

WebSphere Commerce rich text editor

The default text editor in Management Center is the WebSphere Commerce rich text editor. This editor includes basic font style options such as bold, italic, underline, and paragraph formatting such as bullet lists and paragraph alignment. The following image displays the available editing options in the toolbar of a rich text field:
Default text editor
You can also format text by using HTML code. To create or paste HTML code directly in the field, click the Display HTML icon Display HTML in the toolbar. To verify that the content displays in the store as expected, use store preview.
Feature Pack 7 or later

CKEditor rich text editor

If you want more versatility when editing rich text, you can activate CKEditor in the Management Center tool Preferences menu. CKEditor is an enhanced rich text editor that offers more editing capabilities than the default editor. Management Center uses a customized version of CKEditor The following image displays the available editing options with CKEditor:
Launch CKEditor
For more information about the various options in the toolbar, see Editing text in CKEditor.
CKEditor supports two modes for editing content: editor mode and source mode.
  • Editor mode: Edit content with the options in the toolbar and view the changes as you make them.
  • Source mode: Add custom HTML code to edit content.
Important: CKEditor ensures that proper HTML is generated. As a result, when you use CKEditor to edit content that contains HTML code, CKEditor might correct or remove code that the editor cannot interpret. This behavior rarely occurs but can produce unexpected results. It is recommended that you back up content that you think might be affected before you use CKEditor. If you continuously encounter issues where CKEditor modifies HTML code, an IT developer can customize CKEditor to prevent the correction or removal of code. For more information, see CKEditor Developers Guide.
Feature Pack 7 or later

Advantages of CKEditor

CKEditor includes the following extra features, which are not available with the default WebSphere Commerce rich text editor:
  • Edit content by using Undo, Redo, and Paste special options.
  • Import different elements, such as tables, lines, and special characters.
  • Use templates to provide a quick start for standardized content.
  • Automatically correct broken HTML code to ensure that proper HTML is generated. For example, a store developer might provide HTML code to add to a rich text field. If the code contains a missing closing bold tag (</b>), CKEditor automatically inserts the missing tag.
The following table compares the capabilities of CKEditor and the WebSphere Commerce rich text editor.
Editor comparison
Editor features Feature Pack 7 or laterCKEditor WebSphere Commerce rich text editor
Edit/View source code
Start from template
Cut ✓ (Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+x)
Copy ✓ (Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+c)
Paste ✓ (Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+v)
Paste as plain text
Paste special
Find and replace
Select all
Remove format
Numbered list
Bulleted list
Increase indent
Decrease indent
Align left
Align center
Align right
Align justified
Text direction from left to right
Text direction from right to left
URL link
Remove link
Insert document bookmark
Insert image
Insert Flash movie
Insert table
Insert horizontal line
Insert special character
Style (for example Coding, Red title)
Paragraph format
Font size
Text color
Background color
Maximize editor window
Show block
Spell check

CKEditor browser limitations

For best results, use the Mozilla Firefox browser with CKEditor.

Browser limitations

Browser Usage notes
Google Chrome The CKEditor window might not open if you are using the Chrome browser because the browser does not support this type of modal window. For more information, IT developers can refer to Troubleshooting: With Chrome browser, certain pop-up (modal) windows do not open.
Internet Explorer You might encounter CKEditor limitations with some versions of Internet Explorer when you are formatting text and tables. The drop-down or right-click (context) menus in CKEditor might not display or work as expected.
Feature Pack 8To avoid this issue with the drop-down and right-click menus, add the Management Center web server URL as a trusted site in Internet Explorer:
  1. Open Internet options, click the Security tab, and then click Trusted sites.
  2. Click Sites, and then add your Management Center server site to the list of trusted sites, for example:
  3. Clear your browser cache, and then close and reopen the browser.

Third-party rich text editors

If your company prefers to use a different rich text editor, IT developers can refer to Integrating a third party HTML-based rich text editor into Management Center.