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Textile Editor Helper v0.3

Textile Editor Helper is a plugin for Ruby on Rails to add a Textile toolbar above textareas

This version of Textile Editor Helper is a fork of the code found at to allow for use with the form_for method.


To use Textile Editor Helper you must be using either the Prototype or jQuery JavaScript libraries. If using Prototype, the Textile Editor Helper starts up on the 'dom:loaded' custom event. If using jQuery, it uses the $(document).ready() method.

To use Textile Editor Helper

Directions to get the helper up and running for your install:

First, you'll need to run rake textile_editor_helper:install

To use the Textile-Editor-Helper with a specific text area, you can choose between the following options:

<%= f.textile_editor :description %>

<%= textile_editor :user, "website" %>

<%= textile_editor_tag 'description', :description %>

Just like writing a text area tag!

At the end of your form put in the following code:

<%= textile_editor_initialize %> **Important!**

If you're a jQuery guy, we've got what you need!

<%= textile_editor_initialize(:framework => :jquery) %>

Then, just save your view and check it out

Simple vs. Extended

TEH has a built-in mode to show only a sub-selection of available tags called simple.

Currently the simple tags are: bold, underline, italic, strikethrough.

To create a text area that will only use the 'simple' tags create your text area with the following code:

<%= textile_editor 'object', 'field', :simple -%>

To Modify Textile Editor Helper

Most of the options that you might want to modify (e.g. access keystroke or whether a tag is available in simple) are found in textile_editor_config.js. Pretty straightforward.

More Info on Textile

To learn more about Textile check out: Textism, & Textile Reference,

More Info on Slate

slate is the CMS in development at West Virginia University that led to the development of Textile Editor Helper. Learn more at:


Textile Editor Helper is released under the MIT license.


Textile Editor Helper was created by Dave Olsen (Javascript) and Chris Scharf (Ruby/Rails) of West Virginia University Web Services (

The project is now, unofficially maintained by Nicolás Hock

Inspired by

Patrick Woods, & Alex King,

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