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HTMLTextField in Widget

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9 October 2010 at 4:23am Community Member, 164 Posts

I've got a very simple widget, where I want the user to edit HTMLText field. I've tried
HTMLEditorField, SimpleTinyMCEField and SimpleWysiwygField from the DOM.

The HTMLEditorField shows the editor, but the content is neither loaded nor saved. SimpleTinyMCEField and SimpleWysiwygField show the content but not any tiny mce editor fields.

Any pointers to get this working?


class HTMLTextWidget extends Widget {
   static $db = array(
      'Title' => 'Text',
      'WidgetContent' => 'HTMLText',

   static $title = "Content";
   static $cmsTitle = "Content Widget";
   static $description = "Add a content block to the sidebar";

   function Title() {
      return $this->Title;

   function getCMSFields() {
      return new FieldSet(
         new TextField("Title", "Title"),
         //new HTMLEditorField("WidgetContent", "Content")
         new SimpleTinyMCEField("WidgetContent", "Content")
         //new SimpleWysiwygField("WidgetContent", "Content")
         //new TextareaField("WidgetContent", "Content")



9 October 2010 at 5:38am (Last edited: 9 October 2010 5:39am), Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

Hi Marijn,

I just looked at this and I'd say it was something in tinyMCE that is not "getting" the contents of the text box. I say that because the text in the database (if you were to edit it manually) appears in the the textarea "behind" the tinyMCE and then gets submitted for saving and can be seen by logging $_REQUEST['Widget'] in \cms\code\WidgetAreaEditor.php function saveInto(DataObject $record).

So I think it is something todo with the way widget areas use indexes type stuff to hold multiple items e.g. 'Widget[SideBar][30][WidgetContent]' is what the name of the field in my browser - instead of 'Form_EditForm_Content' for teh main page content.

So, as I said, I figure it is something in the communication between tinyMCE and the textarea due to the id. I had issues when I tried to do jQuery finding a widget item by id in the past and ended up doing something else much more simple without the jQuery due to these issues.

Hope this helps,


p.s. I was testing with 'new HTMLEditorField("WidgetContent", "WidgetContent")'


22 October 2010 at 2:55am Community Member, 42 Posts


this is probably the same problem that the HtmlContentWidget has:

As far as I know the HtmlContentWidget is not updated anymore. Since it is a common request, I was thinking about creating a new Modul but never found the time. Would you be willing to release your widget for others to use?



22 October 2010 at 7:49pm Community Member, 164 Posts

I ended up just using a plain text field, as the particular user this was for is quite tech savvy. If I ever develop a HTML Widget I'll make sure to release it.


19 November 2010 at 1:32pm Community Member, 395 Posts

hello @MarijnKampf,

I have come across this problem before. What I did is to use some goodies which ships with the DataObjectManager Module. There are some fields called SimpleTinyMCEField, SimpleHTMLEditorField, etc.

take a look at them, they cant do much, at least they can help you.



10 February 2011 at 1:43am Community Member, 164 Posts

Hi Nivanka,

It's been a while, but I've come across another scenario where it would be nice to have an HTML widget, I had a brief look into SimpleTinyMCEField and SimpleHTMLEditorField, but couldn't get them to work out of the box. (The fields aren't shown in my widget). Do you have some sample code of using them in a widget?




10 February 2011 at 11:06pm Forum Moderator, 1796 Posts

I remember seeing something by Martijn on the google dev list about a patch to allow this - as I said before it all comes down to the ids being stuff like "Widget[SideBar][42][LinkToSiteTreeID]" - here is is


18 January 2012 at 11:13pm (Last edited: 18 January 2012 11:21pm), Community Member, 218 Posts

We got our widgets working on all pages eventually, here's our solution. Hopefully it helps!

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