I'm really new to flex and actionscript, this is actually my
first attempt at using it.
I want to add a neat little addition to a site I'm working on
that I feel will increase the usability by quite a bit.
I know this can be done with AJAX, but I'm not a big
Anyways, before I tell the client about the idea, I thought
I'd check if it was going to be within my time frame to build it.
Here's what I'd like to do:
On this site, users can add text articles(poems, news,
novels, thesis papers, etc) which must be formatable.
What I'd like to do with flex is let them input the text and
format it. And have the ability to add something similar to an html
anchor tag at certain points in the article.
Now when another user views the article it will show up in an
uneditable format and off to the side of the article with be a list
of all the anchors in the article which they can click on to jump
to that section of the article.
For starters the first thing I see that I need to be able to
do is take out the httplink button on the RichTextEditor control.
The next thing is that I need to add a button to it that would
allow them to add an anchor point and set the title for that
How difficult would this be for someone with little
Also.. what would the best way to grab the anchors out of the
text so I can make a list of the anchor points? Would this be
easier/efficient in coldfusion before the data is sent to flex, or
with AS inside the flex app?
I don't want to be negative, but modifying a control,
particularly its visual behavior, without Flash or Flex experience
will be a chore.
Using out-of-the-box functionality to create an application
is easy with Flex, but modification of existing controls, while
absolutely doable, is not as simple. And the RichTextEditor is a
very complex control.
Well that somes up that one. I think I'd still like to
display the articles in flex. I'm working on that part right now,
but before I get to that.. does the TextArea control ignore
tabs(when the user presses the tab key while writing the article in
TinyMCE for example) in the text? I noticed that you can't indent
code with the RichTextEditor, or at least I couldn't figure it out.
And I couldn't find any documentation on this question.