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Using HTML from Telerik RadEditor

The HtmlTextBox works with text formatting options only (a subset of HTML tags and CSS attributes), which are available for the sole purpose of styling labels and headers. The unsupported tags/css attributes have to be filtered in order to avoid exceptions. The purpose of this article is to outline how to accomplish this when the HTML data entry tool is RadEditor for ASP.NET AJAX.

Two things should be considered:

  • limit the options in the RadEditor's toolbar

  • Allowing plain text only. RadEditor can automatically do this for you by stripping all HTML tags), because even if you limit the toolbar to certain actions only, pasting rich-text will still be available by default.

Here are the exact steps taken:

  1. Use the markup below for your ToolsFile.xml file

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
      <module name="RadEditorStatistics" dockingZone="Bottom"/>
      <module name="RadEditorDomInspector" visible="false" />
      <module name="RadEditorNodeInspector" visible="false" />
      <module name="RadEditorHtmlInspector"  visible="false" />
    <tools name="MainToolbar">
      <tool name="Print" shortcut="CTRL+P"/>
      <tool name="AjaxSpellCheck"/>
      <tool name="FindAndReplace" shortcut="CTRL+F"/>
      <tool name="Cut" />
      <tool name="Copy" shortcut="CTRL+C"/>
      <tool name="Paste" shortcut="CTRL+V"/>
      <tool separator="true"/>
      <tool name="Undo" shortcut="CTRL+Z"/>
      <tool name="Redo" shortcut="CTRL+Y"/>
    <tools name="InsertToolbar" >
      <tool name="DocumentManager" />
      <tool separator="true"/>
      <tool name="LinkManager" shortcut="CTRL+K"/>
      <tool name="Unlink" shortcut="CTRL+SHIFT+K"/>
      <tool name="ForeColor"/>
      <tool name="BackColor"/>
      <tool name="FormatStripper"/>
      <tool name="FontName" shortcut="CTRL+SHIFT+F"/>
      <tool name="FontSize" shortcut="CTRL+SHIFT+P"/>
      <tool separator="true"/>
      <tool name="Bold" shortcut="CTRL+B"/>
      <tool name="Italic" shortcut="CTRL+I"/>
      <tool name="Underline" shortcut="CTRL+U"/>
      <tool separator="true"/>
      <tool name="JustifyLeft" />
      <tool name="JustifyCenter" />
      <tool name="JustifyRight" />
      <tool separator="true"/>
      <tool name="InsertOrderedList" />
      <tool name="InsertUnorderedList" />
      <tool name="SelectAll" shortcut="CTRL+A"/>
  2. Since the inline text-decoration css property is not supported, disable the FixUlBoldItalic filter:

  3. Since HtmlTextBox works with font tags, disable the ConvertFontToSpan filter, which converts the non XHTML compliant Font tags with Span tags

  4. Strip the HTML formatting from pasted content, because the user could paste non well formed content which could break the HtmlTextBox and the export to PDF feature. To do that set the StripFormattingOptions property to "All" or "AllExceptNewLines".

  5. Use the following custom content filter, which will remove unsupported HTML tags. Supported tags are: FONT, STRONG, B, EM, I, U, A, OL, UL, SUB, SUP, LI, DIV, SPAN, P, BR, CENTER.

    <telerik:RadEditor ID="RadEditor1" StripFormattingOptions="AllExceptNewLines" ToolsFile="~/HtmlTextBoxToolsFile.xml" OnClientLoad="editorLoaded" runat="server">
    <script type="text/javascript">
      ReportingFilter = function()
    this.set_description("Telerik Reporting HTML filter for RadEditor");
    ReportingFilter.prototype =
    getHtmlContent: function (content) {
        return this._removeHtmlTags(content);
    getDesignContent: function (content) {
        return this._removeHtmlTags(content);
    _removeHtmlTags: function (initContent) {
        var cleanContent;
        //Perform necessary REGEX replacement to remove unsupported HTML tags
        //Supported Reporting HTML tags: FONT, STRONG, B, EM, I, U, A, OL, UL, LI, DIV, SPAN, P, BR, CENTER
        //HTML must be XHTML valid, too, but Editor already provides that filter
        //Following REGEX will remove all HTML tags EXCEPT those expliclitly listed
        cleanContent = initContent.replace(new RegExp("<(?!\/?(font|strong|b|em|(i(?!mg))|u|a|ol|ul|li|div|span|p|br|center)(?=>|\s?.*>))\/?.*?>", "ig"), "");
        return cleanContent;
    ReportingFilter.registerClass('ReportingFilter', Telerik.Web.UI.Editor.Filter);
    function editorLoaded(editor, args)
             editor.get_filtersManager().add(new ReportingFilter());
  6. The ConvertToXhtml filter should be enabled (default state).
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