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Release:beta (release notes)
Compiled at:Aug 11, 2003 [21:30] GMT
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HTMLArea -- the free
customizable online editor

HTMLArea is a free, customizable online editor. It works inside your browser. It uses a non-standard feature implemented in Internet Explorer 5.5 or better for Windows and Mozilla 1.3 or better (any platform), therefore it will only work in one of these browsers.

HTMLArea is copyright and released under a BSD-style license. HTMLArea is created and developed upto version 2.03 by Version 3.0 developed by Mihai Bazon for InteractiveTools. It contains code sponsored by other companies as well.

Online demos


Installation is (or should be) easy. You need to unpack the ZIP file in a directory accessible through your webserver. Supposing you unpack in your DocumentRoot and your DocumentRoot is /var/www/html as in a standard RedHat installation, you need to acomplish the following steps: (the example is for a Unix-like operating system)

cd /var/www/html
unzip /path/to/archive/
mv HTMLArea-3.0-beta htmlarea
find htmlarea/ -type f -exec chmod 644 {} \;
find htmlarea/ -type d -exec chmod 755 {} \;
find htmlarea/ -name "*.cgi" -exec chmod 755 {} \;

Notes. You may chose to symlink "htmlarea" to "HTMLArea-3.0-beta", in which case your server needs to be configured to "FollowSymLinks". You need to make sure that *.cgi files are interpreted as CGI scripts. If you want to use the SpellChecker plugin you need to have a recent version of Perl installed (I recommend 5.8.0) on the server, and the module Text::Aspell, available from CPAN. More info in "plugins/SpellChecker/readme-tech.html".

About how to setup your pages to use the editor, please read the [outdated yet generally valid] documentation.

Status and links

HTMLArea has reached version 3.0. As of this version, it supports:

We have a project page at There you can also find out how to retrieve the code from CVS, or you can browse the CVS online. We also have a bug system, a patch tracking system and a feature request page.

We invite you to say everything you want about HTMLArea on the forums at There you should also find the latest news.

Sometimes I post news about the latest developments on my personal homepage.

"It doesn't work, what's wrong?"

If it doesn't work, you have several options:

You can contact me directly only if you want to pay me for implementing custom features to HTMLArea. If you want to sponsor these features (that is, allow them to get back into the public HTMLArea distribution) I'll be cheaper. ;-)

Mihai Bazon
Last modified on Tue Aug 12 00:23:26 2003