jQuery & jQuery UI Based Content-editable Widget - contenteditable.js

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jQuery & jQuery UI Based Content-editable Widget - contenteditable.js

The jQuery contenteditable.js plugin helps you create complex, customizable, content-editable html elements using jQuery UI and native HTML "contenteditable" attribute.

How to use it:

1. Load the needed jQuery and jQuery UI in the webpage.

<script src="/path/to/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="/path/to/jquery-ui.min.js"></script>

2. Download and include the jquery-contenteditable.js script after jQuery.

<script src="src/jquery-contenteditable.js"></script>

3. Create a basic content-editable field. Click on me to edit. Press 'ESC' or 'Tab' or click anywhere else to finish editing.

<h2 id="basic">
  Basic examples. 

4. Create a complex content-editable field. You can click anywhere on the block, but only the link text below gets edited.

<div id="complex">
  And this is a more complex editable field. You can click anywhere on the block, but only the link text below
  gets edited.<br/>
  <small><i>Still the link gets opened when clicking on it.</i></small><br/>
  Read more: <a href="#">Link</a>
  content: "a",
  autoselect: true,
  save: function(content) {
      alert("New link: " + content);
  validate: function(content) {
      return content !== ""

5. All configuration options.


  // a selector/jQuery object/HTML element that "contenteditable" attr
  content: "self", 

  // a delay in ms before firing each "save" callback; 
  // false for no intermediate saving
  saveDelay: false, 

  //if false (default) - prevent "enter" key from adding a line break
  multiline: false, 

  //keys to finish editing (escape, enter, tab, end, and some other)
  exitKeys: ["escape"], 

  //class name to be added to editable element permanently
  className: "ui-editable", 

  //class name to be added in editing mode
  editingClass: "ui-editable-editing", 

  //class name to be added when validation is not passed
  invalidClass: "ui-editable-invalid", 

  //whether to automatically select all content when starting editing
  autoselect: false, 

  //whether to prevent default Ctrl+Z/Ctrl+Shift+Z/Ctrl+Y behaviour
  preventUndo: false, 

  //selector/jQuery object/HTML element click on which does not enable editing
  cancel: "a", 

  //editing was started
  start: null, 

  //editing was finished
  end: null, 

  //fired after each entered letter; return false to prevent default action
  input: null, 

  //fired when validation is passed and saveDelay delay has gone
  save: null, 

  //return false for incorrect value; content value is the second argument
  validate: null 

Change log:


  • Fix ignored line breaks when reading entered content


  • Update callbacks to be triggered with events

This awesome jQuery plugin is developed by agrinko. For more Advanced Usages, please check the demo page or visit the official website.