#TinyMCE: Fixing Pageload Flickering

When my TinyMCE boxes load I find that there is brief moment when it flickers, the users don’t like that.   Looking closely I found that the flicker is a brief glimpse of the underlying HTML that is rendered before the TinyMCE box finishes loading and is displayed.  To fix it I do some fancy hide/show work.  Initially the page is loaded with the control hidden, then when it is done loading it shows it. Since I had the code already put together, I left in an example of a read-only version of the editor.

When the page is loading mark the textarea as hidden:

     <div class="form-group">
        @Html.Label("Content:") @Html.ValidationMessageFor(m => m.ContentHtml)
        @if (Model.IsReadOnly)
          @Html.TextAreaFor(m => m.ContentHtml, 
                            new { @class = "tinymce-ro", @readonly = "readonly", 
                            @style = "height:300px; width:100%; display:none" })
          @Html.TextAreaFor(m => m.ContentHtml, 
                            new { @class = "tinymce", maxlength = 5000, 
                            @style = "height:300px; width:100%; display:none" })

Then show it again once loading is complete:

      script_url: '/scripts/tinymce/4.0.25/tinymce.min.js',
      theme: "modern",
      toolbar: "bold italic ",
      paste_auto_cleanup_on_paste: true,
      init_instance_callback: function (editor) {

      readonly: true,
      script_url: '/scripts/tinymce/4.0.25/tinymce.min.js',
      theme: "modern",
      toolbar: false,
      menubar: false,
      statusbar: false,
      init_instance_callback: function (editor) {
        if (document.getElementById(editor.id).style.display === 'none') {
          editor.getBody().style.backgroundColor = "#EBEBE4";

UPDATE: I discovered that my custom plugins were not loading properly when I used this method. I came up with another version posted here – Pageload Flickering V2.

javascript; Auto-highlight on focus

Sometimes I look online for code and when I find it I realize that I should have known how to do it. Then I feel silly. This is a time when that happened.

I needed to auto-highlight the contents of a read-only textbox or textarea when the user clicked on the input.  Easiest javascript I’ve implemented today!

StackOverflow answer…..

<input type="text" name="textbox" value="Test" onclick="this.select()" />

MVC: Disabling buttons on submit

Don’t want to lose this one.  Its some simple javascript that disables the submit buttons on form submission, from here.

$(document).on('invalid-form.validate', 'form', function () {
    var buttons = $('input[type="submit"]');
    setTimeout(function () {
    }, 1);
$(document).on('submit', 'form', function () {
    var buttons = $('input[type="submit"]');
    setTimeout(function () {
        buttons.attr('disabled', 'disabled');
    }, 0);

#TinyMCE: Disable/Enable Brute Force Solution

tinymceI spent a good chunk of yesterday trying to figure out how to change the state of the TinyMCE textbox from readonly to edit mode.  Or to set the values to enable and disable the box properly.  After much trial, error, and research I found this post which links to this post that explains that it is just not possible to do it cleanly.  These posts are a few years old but in the rest of my research I couldn’t find anything that contradicted them.  I tried many different workarounds suggested by other people and each one had something that just didn’t work quite right.  Here is the brute force solution that I came up with:

I created two TinyMCE editors one that is readonly and one that is not.  Then I show and hide them via a button click.

Another problem that I came across is properly showing and hiding the editors.  When I tried to use the built in options they would not show properly when toggling. I had problems with the textareas being set to visible.   To solve this problem I wrapped the original textarea inside a div and I show and hide the divs instead of the actual text area.

I like so many things about the TinyMCE editor but these problems were very frustrating and took up far too much of my time.

Bootstrap3 Dialog


One of the great things about programming in the world today is that so much of the basic functionality I need can be found somewhere on the Web, as long as you know the correct search string.

I spent a good chunk of time looking for a quick and easy way to use Bootstrap modals without having a ton of ugly code on each page that isn’t really necessary.  Especially for modals that are repeated throughout the software.

This time I was looking for a Bootstrap modal that could be easily used for Alert and Confirmation boxes.  I couldn’t find one out there, even though I knew it should exist, so I built my own.  Then I plugged in a different search string and found exactly what I needed.

Bootstrap3 Dialog (Git Hub)is a nice clean simple solution that meets all our needs.  The code is well laid out and I was able to make some minor modifications that met our custom needs.

Web Dev: Using data-* attributes – Web developer guide | MDN

JavaScript Access

Reading those out in JavaScript is also very simple. You could use getAttribute() to read them but the standard defines a simpler way: a DOMStringMap you can read out via a dataset property:

var article = document.querySelector('#electriccars'),
data = article.dataset;

// data.columns -> "3"
// data.indexnumber -> "12314"
// data.parent -> "cars"

Each property is a string (even if you omit the quotes in the HTML) and can be read and written. In the above case setting article.dataset.columns = 5 would change that attribute.

via Using data-* attributes – Web developer guide | MDN.

JavaScript Tips N Tricks: Learning underscore.js

One of the tools in our SPA toolkit is underscore.js.  It was a new tool that I fell in love with instantly.  It really helps to make javascript code simpler, cleaner, easier to read, and more maintainable. Here is a list of links for learning and reference.

General Knowledge

GitHub: Underscore.js
StackOverflow: About underscore.js


Pluralsight: Underscore.js Fundamentals

Blog Posts

An Introduction to Underscore.js by Dan Wellman
Eloquent JavaScript with Underscore.js by Something Somewhere.
Easy functional programming in JavaScript with Underscore.js — part 1 by Nick Morgan :: Part 2


This book is going on my “to read” list for JavaScript.  I read through the introduction and it appears to have some great information about JavaScript functional programming as well as being a good example of how to utilize underscore.js. Anything with good code samples is key in my world.