Some of you might have heard of Xinha before because it is an open source online HTML editor. It has a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) interface so that you don’t have to understand how to code HTML in order to insert inline hyperlinks, or apply advanced formatting options.

There is actually an extension for Firefox called Xinha Here that will let you use this WYSIWYG editor in any field that you wish. A good example of this is our comment box where users can, if they know HTML, hyperlink text or place emphasis (bold, italics, etc…) on certain words. With this extension you just right-click in a text field and choose Open Xinha Here option. By default it will open along the lower half of the screen:

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You can edit the text using the WYSIWYG editor, and when you’re done click the Apply button to have the HTML code inserted back into the original text field. Pretty cool, huh? Just remember that this will only work for fields that support HTML code, such as our comments.

Compatibility: The extension is officially compatible with Firefox 2, but I didn’t have any problems with it in Firefox 3 Beta 5. If you’re using Firefox 3 and want to install the extension it’s recommended that you grab it from here. Firefox 3 users will also need to force Firefox to ignore the version compatibility information.

Xinha Here Firefox Extension