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Edit (or just filter) the currently selected textarea using a web request.

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Description from store This extension allows you to edit (or just filter) the contents of a textarea on a web page. Since Chrome does not allow the running of an external program directly, this extension instead makes an ajax call to a web server, which can start up a graphical editor, or perform any kind of filtering you desire. The URL that is used is configurable in the options. When a textarea receives the focus (e.g. if you click in one), the icon will get a click action (indicated by the mouse-over title text). When left-clicked, an ajax request will process the currently-selected textarea and update the value when the request is done (e.g. when the editor exits). You can also assign a keystroke to use to activate the editor (I like Alt-Enter), which allows you to leave the extension's icon unpinned. Change Log: 1.0.8 - Renamed TextAid to TextEditAid & tweaked for newer chrome. 1.0.7 - Tweaked the OK/Cancel buttons on the options page. 1.0.6 - A fix for Mac OS X that made clicking on the icon not work. 1.0.5 - Include the status text in the failure alert so it is clearer what needs to be fixed. 1.0.4 - Avoid spurious failure alerts after a successful update. Added support for http basic auth (you'll need an updated version of edit-server or whatever script you're using). 1.0.3 - Added a configurable keyboard shortcut (defaults to disabled). 1.0.2 - Fixed a newly-introduced bug with the field editing. 1.0.1 - Changed event capturing method so that focusing any textarea shows the clickable icon. The edit-server script that I wrote (in perl) for use with TextEditAid: http://opencoder.net/edit-server Another option are the servers written for the emacs_chrome project (the python one worked fine when last I looked at it, though it was only single-threaded). You could also supply your own server script, or run a CGI under a normal web server. See the options page for more information on the POST request used.

Latest reviews

  • (2017-01-27) Frank Utne: This extension does not work on Youtube. The only reason I installed this is because Youtube textarea goes back to previous page when I am just trying to select a word with alt-left arrow that works on every site but Youtube. Google developers are really incompetent. I mean why would they even think of mapping this common key combination to Back?
  • (2014-12-22) iLemming: Aaah... please fix it for gmail, inbox and twitter, and many other web apps!
  • (2014-07-01) Marco Kellershoff: This is simply amazing!
  • (2014-04-25) Fergus Cameron: Lovely, I can now have chrome switch out to gvim in cygwin (and access text processors therein).
  • (2013-10-09) José Leal Domingues Neto: Cool, but it doesn't recognize gmail. Would be cool if you could take a look..
  • (2013-03-29) Moritz Bunkus: I love this, have been using for quite some time. With gmail's newest update, however, TextAid doesn't recognize the mail form edit field as a edit field anymore. Any chance you could take a look at it?
  • (2012-11-13) Ethan M: Merely had to set $REQUIRE_AUTH to 0, and correct the $EDITOR_CMD for the edit-server perl script process to get things working!
  • (2012-10-23) Josh Bergasse: Awesome, ran the python server listed in the options page, and tweaked it to launch gVim instead of emacs, once I added gVim's directory to Windows' PATH and then changed the port to match the server and it works! The options page could use some CSS though!
  • (2012-02-29) Can't get it to work. Doesn't seem to be sending anything to the edit-server. Edit server is running because I can browse to edit-server which returns: "Server is up and running. To use it, issue a POST request with the file to edit as the content body." Have altered edit-server.pl for mvim and no authentication. When running in Terminal with --verbose, I see some output when contacting it via web browser but no output when trying to invoke TextAid in a text area. Have tried setting different key combinations, e.g. Ctrl-M, Ctrl-Alt-E, etc. Can't find anything that produces a response. I'm running: Chrome 17.0.963.56 OS X 10.6.7 MacVim editor (/usr/local/bin/mvim) I'd like to get this to work. Any suggestions for further debugging? Thanks, Mike

Latest issues

  • (2012-12-07, v:1.0.7) Tyler Rick: Doesn't work to edit code on http://jsfiddle.net/
    Would be nice if it could be made to work for editing the contents of contenteditable="true" HTML elements too in addition to just editing the value of a textarea element.
  • (2012-11-02, v:1.0.7) Bri Hatch: Workaround for new Gmail compose format?
    Gmail has changed the way they're doing compose, and it's no longer a normal <textarea> but a rich text area. Anyone looked at how we can get TextAid working with it again? Perhaps a greasemonkey script to convert it?
  • (2012-09-07, v:1.0.7) Dan Jones: Does not work on Wikipedia
    I tried out TextAid, because "Edit with Emacs" had this same problem. TextAid seems to work fine on other sites, but not Wikipedia. It doesn't respond at all.


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4.3 (40 votes)
Last update / version
2021-07-06 / 1.0.8
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