Coding with Jesse

Rich Text Editing in Opera 9

June 23rd, 2006

This happened a few days ago, but I didn't think to blog about it until now for some reason: Opera 9 has been released. There are a lot of changes to it, the most notable (to me anyway) is the presence of Rich Text Editing, otherwise known as contentEditable or designMode. Click here for a demo and documentation. I've had a chance to play around with it and it works very well using existing code from Firefox and Internet Explorer. It seems there are some minor differences for really specific things, but overall I was suprised at how compatible it was right out of the box.

Now if only Safari's rich text editing could get this sophisticated...

There are other big changes that look great, but I won't bother listing them all here. Go take a look at the release notes for that.


1 . Nick Fitzsimons on June 23rd, 2006

Nick Fitzsimons

Anne van Kesteren was involved in working out the implementation of this feature. He wrote about some of the problems at and again at

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