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Users of IBM® Connections can select one of two editors to deploy:

  • The default IBM® Connections editor - the editor deployed as part of a standard IBM® Connections installation.
  • Textbox.io - a next generation, JavaScript-based editor with enhanced functionality

Which editor you chose to deploy is dependent on your functional and platform requirements.

The information below will assist in selecting which editor you wish to deploy for your IBM® Connections installation.  Once you have selected the editor, see the installation process for each editor in this guide.

Key Editor Differences

 Textbox.ioIBM® Connections Default Editor
Overview

A next generation editor built using in-browser technology

Provides significant additional functionality including:

  • Multi-lingual spell checking as you type with autocorrect
  • Excellent copy and paste from Microsoft Word, including image assets from Microsoft Word documents.
  • Copy and paste of images
  • Additional local image insert options
  • Full screen editing mode
  • Significantly improved table editing
  • Accessibility checking
  • Link validation
  • Enhanced media embed
A solid rich text editor that offers core editor capabilities for creating HTML content within IBM® Connections. Users may experience some limitations with functionality when pasting content, spell checking or working with tables.
Installation Requirements

Requires the installation of the Ephox Editors for IBM Connections package.

Does not require the installation of additional plugins on the client (note that Adobe Flash is required for image copy and paste on some browsers without complete HTML5 implementations).

No additional installation required

Detailed Editor Comparison

 

Textbox.io

IBM® Connections Default Editor

Core Editor Features

Basic block style formatting (headings, paragraphs etc)

Yes

Yes

Basic inline formatting (bold, italic, underline)

Yes

Yes

Inline font formatting (font, font size and text colours)

Yes

Yes

Format painter

No

Yes

Superscript and subscript

Yes

Yes

Source code editing

Yes

  • Syntax highlighting
  • HTML autocompletion
  • Code indentation

Yes

  • Code indentation

Integrated images and hyperlinks dialogs

Yes

Yes

Insert links to bookmarks/anchors

No

Yes

Insert local images

Yes

  • Drag and drop
  • Copy and paste

No

Clean copy and paste from Microsoft Office

Yes

  • Formatted text and images

Text but no images

  • Only basic HTML cleaning

Copy and paste images

Yes

Yes

- Limited support for images from the local machine

Embed social media

Yes

  • Embed code copy and paste.
  • Supports advanced media embeds with oEmbed

Yes

  • limited to iframes or Flash

HTML list support

Yes

Yes

Insert special characters

Yes

Yes

Insert horizontal line

Yes

Yes

Fullscreen mode

Yes

No

Markdown support

Yes

No

Mobile preview

No

No

Table Support

Insert table

Yes

Yes

Add/remove header cells

Yes

Yes

Basic manipulations (insert/delete rows, columns, tables)

Yes

Yes

Table properties

Yes

Yes

Row properties

Yes

  • Properties can be set on any selection of cells

Yes

Column properties

Yes

  • Properties can be set on any selection of cells

Yes

  • Properties cannot be set on a partial column selection

Cell properties

Yes

Yes

Table caption

Yes

Yes

Select adjacent table cells – up, down, left or right

Yes

No

Arrow keys move correctly within tablesYesNo

Merge and unmerge cells

Yes

Yes

Convert tables between relative and absolute sizing (recalculates all units in the table)

No

No

Tools

Spell check as-you-type

Yes 

  • Internationalized with support for 12 languages
  • Requires the deployment of a (bundled) web application

No

  • Fully dependent on browser spell checkers where available

Autocorrect

Yes

No

Word count

Yes

Yes

Find and replace

Yes

Yes

IBM Connections Features

@mentionsYesYes
Integrated link and image insert dialogsYesYes
Globalization

Create bidirectional text

Yes

Yes

Set language on text (i.e. the “lang” attribute)

Yes

Yes

UI localization

Yes

Yes

UI right to left support

Yes

Yes

Multilingual spell checking

Yes

  • 12 languages supported

No

Accessibility

Accessibility compliance (ARIA, WCAG, ATAG)

Yes

  • ARIA compliant UI
  • Generates WCAG compliant content
  • ATAG 2.0 compliant editor

Yes
- ARIA compliant UI
- Generates WCAG compliant content

WAI-ARIA support (editor accessibility)

Yes

Yes

WCAG support (content accessibility)

Yes
- Supports the creation of accessible content

Yes

WCAG Accessibility Checking As-You-Type

No

No

Platform Support

Minimum browser requirements

Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer 11
Chrome
Firefox
Firefox ESR
Safari 9+
iOS 9 Safari
Android 5+ Chrome

IE 8+
Firefox latest
Chrome latest
Safari latest
Opera latest

Browser plugin requirements

Adobe Flash is required to copy and paste images from Microsoft Office on Microsoft Edge and Safari. 

No

Note: As a result copy and paste is limited to what the browser can provide.  Significantly images cannot be imported from Microsoft Office.

Technology base

JavaScript (client)
Java web services (spell checking, link checking, link to oEmbed)

JavaScript (client)

Configurable editor interface

No

No

Advanced Features

Image editing

No

No

Accessibility checking

Yes

No

Broken link checking

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

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