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Embedding a Visual HTML Editor in the NetBeans RCP

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Getting the NetBeans RCP/DJ Native Swing integration to work with the FCKEditor or the CKEditor (the same lib, just renamed) is quite easy.

  1. After taking the steps described in the link above, to add CKEditor/FCKEditor support, you just download the CKEditor ZIP file or the FCKEditor ZIP file from http://ckeditor.com/download/

  2. Add the ZIP file to the classpath. I simply added the zip-file to the "DJSwing-Windows64" module, via Properties->Libraries->Wrapped Jars->Add Jar. That's it. Though, I would think that one might want to create a separate module for the  ZIP file if one wants to save some space. And one can also remove the samples from the ZIP file if one is so inclined.

  3. In your implementations of the "Browser" interface, change the "webBrowser" variable to an instance of "JHTMLEditor".

  4. Instantiate the "webBrowser" by means of the following:
  5. webBrowser = new 
       JHTMLEditor.HTMLEditorImplementation.CKEditor, NSComponentOptions.destroyOnFinalization());
    It's possible to add options to the editor by just calling:
    So it would look something like this:
    webBrowser = new JHTMLEditor(
  6. To actually use the HTML editor, you would switch out the "browseTo(URL url)" in the Browser interface with two functions:
    public void setEditorContents(String htmlContent);
    public String getEditorContents();

    That way you would achieve loose coupling, instead of casting the Browser.getComponent() to a JHTMLEditor.


        public String getEditorContents() {
            return webBrowser.getHTMLContent();
        public void setEditorContents(String htmlContents) {

Result on Windows:

Result on Ubuntu:

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