What free rich text editor do you recommend?

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By "rich text editor" I'm assuming you mean "code editor". If that's true, than 100% and without any regret will I suggest Visual Studio Code.

Thanks calvin for your quick response.

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for now I would recommend looking at slate.js or prosemirror because those have first class data models with nesting, they also have issues but I have more faith these issues can be resolved,.... avoid Quill.js, because it looks good on paper, but the devs are misleading users and they systematically delete issues instead of addressing them, like to paint a pretty picture... if you want to extend it's document model in any meaningful way you will get very stuck... there have been some really bad design decisions that have made upgrades almost impossible, it does not support blocks within blocks, and the delta format doesn't support nesting... a div within it's default p tag is not possible, so tables are not possible, a simple div is not possible even break handling is very very hard, br tags are wrapped in P tags which are blocks... you will find if you dig into the user extensions, they're all half baked because there are uncontrollable/uncurable issues with the basic structure on which bigger things can be built...perhaps it'll sort itself out with a rewrite in version 2.0. ... also consider CKEditor 5 when it hits.

This is why I am hesitant to take anything but ckeditor seriously, they've paid their dues across all the browser compatibility issues since forever.

I suppose the same can probably be said for TinyMCE given its heavy use in the Wordpress community.

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Not the best out there but you can try and see if Summernote works for you.

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Oh, boy... Froala, in my opinion, is one of the best WYSIWYG editors out there, thus the price. Going to something else will be a downgrade, I think. That said, I personally use CKEditor in my application. It does a fairly decent job. I use it as a letter editor and convert the HTML it produces into Microsoft Word documents.

Yeah, ckeditor might not seem terribly elegant but they have really done their homework over a decade of coping with a vast array of browser bugs. Other editors just can't claim the same depth when it comes to making it work on everything.

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Take a look at pell github.com/jaredreich/pell it's a 1kB, no dependencies WYSIWYG text editor.

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