Making a promiscuous TinyMCE abstain

By John, 24 March, 2008

Here’s a quick one if you are in need of a noon-time distraction. If you’ve ever used the WYSIWYG editor TinyMCE, called “tiny mice” by some, then you know that it likes to hook() up with every

Topics: Drupal, TinyMCE


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Hey I've done something similar, and I notice your code removes the logic in the default theme_tinymce_theme(). You might be better off calling it instead of simply using $init untouched. Here's what I've used...

* Override theme_tinymce_theme. This control which textareas have
* the tinymce editor applied to them. See tinymce module README.TXT
* for more information.
function phptemplate_tinymce_theme($init, $textarea_name, $theme_name, $is_running) {
// default theme_tinymce_theme enables tinymce by default, and
// supresses on certain textareas. Our implementation disables by
// default, and allows only on the following textareas.
if (in_array($textarea_name, array('body',
))) {
// Prevent tinymce from mucking up our paths
$init['convert_urls'] = 'false';
$returnMe = theme_tinymce_theme($init, $textarea_name, $theme_name, $is_running);
return $returnMe;
// disable tinymce
return NULL;

I've used tinymce on only one project and don't plan to ever use it again. It has nasty habits like inserting silly <br type="_moz" /> tags.

The only logic that theme_tinymce_theme() performs is “Force the 'simple' theme for some of the smaller textareas.” But my function only enables TinyMCE for 3 textareas, and none of them are in that list of “smaller textareas” so its totally unnecessary to call it.

But if anyone is thinking of using the technique I outlined, they should, of course, review the theme_tinymce_theme() code in the tinymce.module file.