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Multiple text editor config options

Something I've greatly enjoyed in another CMS is the possibility of using different configs for the wysiwyg text editor. The common use case is having a blog where the editor can add images and video, and then elsewhere in the site a wysiwyg is limited to bold/italic/links (or whatever is needed).

I am comfortable setting up the logic in the wysiwyg's _config.inc file, but there isn't an easy way I can see to get a variable in there without hijacking a pre-existing attribute like "size" to pass in a class name.

I'm imagining something like this:

<perch:content id="text" type="textarea" label="Text" editor="redactor" html="true" config="config_handle" />

It would then be up to the developer to set up the multiple configs in wysiwyg's _config.inc file based on the variable picked up from self.attr('data-config').

So perhaps the more general request is to enable pass-through of attributes from template tags to control panel form fields. Maybe that's preposterous, you tell me.

Kirk Roberts

Kirk Roberts 0 points

  • 4 years ago

Kirk, all you need is to specify the editor-config atribute in your textarea tag and add a little code in your redactor _config.inc.

First you add a global variable to define you config options, you can add it in _plugins/ui/config.inc or in your editor's config, in this case plugins/editors/redactor/_config.inc.


// Define editors config options
var PerchEditorOptions = {
  redactor: {
    content: {
      buttons: ['html', 'formatting', 'bold', 'italic', 'unorderedlist', 'orderedlist', 'link', 'file', 'video'],
      perchLinks: Perch.path + '/addons/plugins/editors/redactor/plugins/perchlinks/links.php',
      plugins: ['perchlinks', 'bufferbuttons', 'underline', 'video' ]
    simple : {
      buttons: ['html', 'bold', 'italic', 'unorderedlist', 'orderedlist', 'link'],
      perchLinks: Perch.path + '/addons/plugins/editors/redactor/plugins/perchlinks/links.php',
      plugins: ['perchlinks',  'underline']
    minimal: {
      buttons: ['bold', 'italic', 'link'],
      perchLinks: Perch.path + '/addons/plugins/editors/redactor/plugins/perchlinks/links.php',
      plugins: ['perchlinks',  'underline']
  markitup: {}

The snippet above is in my ui/_config.inc, that's why I'm using the Perch.path variable. If you prefer to define the options in your editor's config file, you would use PERCH_LOGINPATH that's replaced by Perch.

Then in my redactor config file I have:

<script type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"> 
$(function() {

  // Modify Redactor global defaults
  (function() {
    var defaults = {
      imageUpload: 'PERCH_LOGINPATH/addons/plugins/editors/redactor/perch/upload.php?filetype=image',
      fileUpload: 'PERCH_LOGINPATH/addons/plugins/editors/redactor/perch/upload.php',
      cleanStyleOnEnter: true,
      removeComments: true,
      buttonSource: true,
      formatting: [],
      formattingAdd: [
        { tag: 'p', title: 'Párrafo Normal' },
        { tag: 'p', title: 'Párrafo Destacado', class: 'destacado' },
        { tag: 'blockquote', title: 'Cita' }

    for (var option in defaults) {
      if ($.Redactor.opts.hasOwnProperty(option))
        $.Redactor.opts[option] = defaults[option];

This modifies the default variables so I don't have to do so in the EditorOptions, then the rest is:

  var set_up_redactor = function() {
      var self = $(o);
      var uploadFields = {
        'width'  :  self.attr('data-width')||'',
        'height' :  self.attr('data-height')||'',
        'crop'   :  self.attr('data-crop')||'',
        'quality':  self.attr('data-quality')||'',
        'sharpen':  self.attr('data-sharpen')||'',
        'density':  self.attr('data-density')||'',
        'bucket' :  self.attr('data-bucket')||'default'
      var config = {},
          editorConfig = self.attr('data-editor-config') || null;

      // defined in addons/plugins/ui/_config.inc
      var options = PerchEditorOptions['redactor'] || {};

      if (options.hasOwnProperty(editorConfig)) {
        config = options[editorConfig];
      config.uploadFileFields = config.uploadImageFields = uploadFields;
      // grab textarea height from the element style
      config.minHeight = parseInt(self.css('height')) || 180;

      self.wrap('<div class="editor-wrap" style="float:left;"></div>');
      self.attr('data-init', true);


  $(window).on('Perch_Init_Editors', function(){ set_up_redactor(); });

So the perch tag would be:

<perch:content id="text" type="textarea" label="Text" editor="redactor" html="true" editor-config="content" />
Drew McLellan

Drew McLellan 2638 points
Perch Support

Sounds reasonable. I thought we actually had something to do this, so I guess no reason not to add it if it's not there.

Thanks Andrés and Drew. Andrés: thank you for sharing your code! The detail in your answer leads me to believe you have this working, but in my previous tests I wasn't able to get the data-config="" to show up in the control panel markup, hence my suggestion. That's the missing piece of the puzzle.

Ah, now I see. It HAS to be "editor-config", it can't be any attribute I dream up. Thanks!

Drew McLellan

Drew McLellan 2638 points
Perch Support

Ah yes, see, I thought we had that.

In my defence, it's a lot of code to keep track of!

Andrés, is the PerchLinks plugin your own device? I just did something potentially similar with redactor's definedLinks plugin, but I'm curious what PerchLinks does.

Yes, it's a custom plugin based on definedLinks. Adds a select box to the link dialog with a list of perch pages.

Cool, thanks for the reply. Using definedLinks is great, but I can see how it might be unwieldy with lots of pages/posts/etc. I wonder if in a custom plugin the Chosen jquery plugin could be added for a searchable drop-down. Sounds like something for me to explore when I'm feeling spunky.