ERP5 Formulator has been designed to display simple types such as strings,
numbers, dates, etc. It was never designed to display HTML content.
ERP5 extends formulator with new fields which can display images (ImageField),
lists of documents (ListBox), matrices (MatrixBox) and HTML (EditorField).
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The only way to embed HTML in an ERP5 form is to use an EditorField. Some people
have tried to use LabelField and other fields for that: it is wrong. Use
Editor Field has two modes: editable and non editable. It can use for now 2
different editors: TextArea (useful for browsers such as Safari) and FCKEditor
(useful for Firefox for example). More editors might be supported in the future.
Community is welcome to contribute.
In editable mode, EditorField displays an editor to change HTML source code.
In non editable mode, the HTML content is stripped and displayed as is into
the Web Page.
Note: EditorField is not yet well integrated with ODF styles of ERP5.
Some people prefer to use plain text documents or structured text to define
styled documents which would normally be defined using HTML. EditorField can
also be used in such a case, a eventually extended (look for example how moin
moin Wiki does with FCKEditor).
However, not all styled text documents are supported by EditorField with FCKEditor.
This is why EditorField must be able to switch to TextArea mode each time a document
format is not supported with FCKEditor. In such a case EditorField looks like a
Although EditorField looks like a TextAreaField in editable mode, it is capable
unlike TextAreaField of producing embeddable HTML in non editable mode. This
feature is useful each one wants to display style text content which can be
rendered in HTML.
In conclusion, use TextAreaField if you need to display text content in read
only mode as it was entered in editable mode. Use EditorField if you need to
display style text in read only mode.