tinyMCE is a Javascript module that converts ordinary HTML TEXTAREA fields into WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor controls. An HTML page that points tinyMCE is essentially using it as client-side script, thus tinyMCE is platform (browser or OS) independent. tinyMCE is released libre and gratis under LGPL by MoxieCode Systems AB [MoxieCode.com]. The project site is tinymce.moxiecode.com. TinyMCE can be integrated into CMSs (Content Management Systems).

My intent is to just have scrap notes on this page as opposed to a overall usage guide.

textarea selection

The various options the documentation provides for selecting which textareas to apply tinyMCE all work but the documentation is slightly unclear.

<script type="text/javascript">
tinyMCE.init({
    mode : "textareas"
});
/* This selects all textareas. */
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
tinyMCE.init({
    mode : "exact",
    elements: "ta1,ta3"
});
/* This selects the textareas with the specified IDs.
   EG: <textarea id="ta1" ....
   NOTE: The comma after "exact" is required.
*/
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
tinyMCE.init({
    mode : "specific_textareas",
    textarea_trigger : "mce_editable"
});
/* This selects all textareas for which you have added
   a "mce_editable" attribute to "true".
   EG: <textarea mce_editable="true" ....
   NOTE: This option is deprecated in favor of either of the next 2 options.
*/
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
tinyMCE.init({
    mode : "textareas",
    editor_selector : "mceEditor"
});
/* This only selects textares for which you have added
   a class attribute with a value of "mceEditor".
   EG: <textarea class="mceEditor" ....
   NOTE: The documentation does not say you need the "mode"
   configured but you do.
*/ 
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
tinyMCE.init({
    mode : "textareas",
    editor_deselector : "mceNoEditor"
});
/* This selects all textareas except for those which you have added
   a class attribute with a value of "mceNoEditor".
   EG: <textarea class="mceNoEditor" ....
*/ 
</script>

tinyMCE has a window that inserts NCRs for common special characters:

Accessing special characters in tinyMCE

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