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Old May 12th, 2004, 09:34 AM
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Default .NET Text / HTML editing problem

I have a problem I'm trying to solve with any of: .NET / ASP.NET / C#

Basically my user wants to be able to design a document on-line. The document looks like a business card. the document comprises 3 sections:
A - Top
B - Middle
C - Bottom

The idea is that for each section a user can set the following options:

 -Text (what they want to see)
 -Font Color
 -Area (can dimension each subsection so long as
 doesn't expand to more than section)
 -Justified TMB(Top / Middle/ Bottom)
 -Indent In (mm from JustifiedTMB selection)
 -Justified RCL(Right / Centre/ Left)
 -Indent In (mm from JustifiedRCL selection)

Once they've made all the selections they need to be
able to:
 - see a representation on screen (roughly what the thing would look like printed)
 - save the details (up to 6 versions)

If they finally make an order from one of the versions,
all the design details are used by the printer
(person) to create the document...

Just wondering what the best way of tackling this is?
  - use word via asp page to display the 3 sections?
  - use streamwriter/reader?
  - create an html document on the fly and save this document?

Any thoughts/ideas would be very welcome!!

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You might want to check out this neat (kind of) WYSIWYG editor. If you tweak it a little, it might help you make part of what you want. I don't know much about ASP, using Word might be a better approach, if everyone has Word on their machine. If this isn't tweakable, you could try to make one on your own based on this (difficult, believe me) but I think you could get something out of this anyway.




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Well, you certainly can do this with HTML. An example of this is this forum. Basically, you would use some scripting to substitute one value for another.

For example when you click on one of the Smilies on the left [ :) ], it inserts a certain character string into the textbox. When it is read from the database, it replaces it with the corresponding image. :D.

That being said, there are certainly several applications for sale that do this for you and you would have to determine if it is worth your time to develop it or just pay for it.

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Note that the first example deliberately included spaces to show you what happens if the character string isn't exact.

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