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Configuring the Comments plugin in embedded mode

Information on configuring the Comments plugin in embedded mode

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Add the Comments plugin in embeddded mode

To add the Comments plugin in embedded mode to the TinyMCE, configure the following options:

tinymce.init({
  selector: '#textarea',
  plugins: 'tinycomments',
  tinycomments_author: 'author',
  tinycomments_author_name: 'Name of the commenter',
  tinycomments_mode: 'embedded'
})

This is the minimum recommended setup for the Comments plugin in embedded mode. If the tinycomments_author and tinycomments_author_name options are not configured, all users will be assigned the name “ANON”.

Interactive example

Configuration options

tinycomments_author

This option sets the author id to be used when creating or replying to comments.

Type: String

Default Value: 'Anon'

Example: Using tinycomments_author

tinymce.init({
  selector: '#textarea',
  tinycomments_author: 'embedded_journalist',
  tinycomments_mode: 'embedded'
})

tinycomments_author_name

Available in Tiny Comments version 2.1 onwards.

Optional - This option sets the author’s display name to be used when creating or replying to comments. If this option is omitted, then the author id is used instead.

Type: String

Example: Using tinycomments_author_name

tinymce.init({
  selector: '#textarea',
  tinycomments_author: 'embedded_journalist',
  tinycomments_author_name: 'Embedded Journalist',
  tinycomments_mode: 'embedded'
})

tinycomments_can_delete

Optional - This option sets the author permissions for deleting comment conversations. If the tinycomments_can_delete option is not included, the current author (tinycomments_author) cannot delete comment conversations created by other authors.

Type: Function

Default Function:

function (req, done, fail) {
  var allowed = req.comments.length > 0 &&
                req.comments[0].author === <Current_tinycomments_author>;
  done({
    canDelete: allowed
  });
}

The following example extends the default behavior to allow the author <Admin user> to delete other author’s comment conversations by adding || currentAuthor === '<Admin user>'.

Example: Using tinycomments_can_delete

var currentAuthor = 'embedded_journalist';

tinymce.init({
  selector: '#textarea',
  tinycomments_author: currentAuthor,
  tinycomments_can_delete: function (req, done, fail) {
    var allowed = req.comments.length > 0 &&
                  req.comments[0].author === currentAuthor;
    done({
      canDelete: allowed || currentAuthor === '<Admin user>'
    });
  }
});

tinycomments_can_resolve

Note: This feature is only available for TinyMCE 5.8 and later.

Optional - This option adds a Resolve Conversation item to the dropdown menu of the first comment in a conversation. This callback sets the author permissions for resolving comment conversations.

Type: Function

Example: Using tinycomments_can_resolve

var currentAuthor = 'embedded_journalist';

tinymce.init({
  selector: '#textarea',
  tinycomments_author: currentAuthor,
  tinycomments_can_resolve: function (req, done, fail) {
    var allowed = req.comments.length > 0 &&
                  req.comments[0].author === currentAuthor;
    done({
      canResolve: allowed || currentAuthor === '<Admin user>'
    });
  }
});

tinycomments_can_delete_comment

Optional - This option sets the author permissions for deleting comments. If the tinycomments_can_delete_comment option is not included, the current author (tinycomments_author) cannot delete comments added by other authors.

Type: Function

Default Function:

function (req, done, fail) {
  var allowed = req.comment.author === <Current_tinycomments_author>;
  done({
    canDelete: allowed
  });
}

The following example extends the default behavior to allow the author <Admin user> to delete other author’s comments by adding || currentAuthor === '<Admin user>'.

Example: Using tinycomments_can_delete_comment

var currentAuthor = 'embedded_journalist';

tinymce.init({
  selector: '#textarea',
  tinycomments_author: currentAuthor,
  tinycomments_can_delete_comment: function (req, done, fail) {
    var allowed = req.comment.author === currentAuthor;
    done({
      canDelete: allowed || currentAuthor === '<Admin user>'
    });
  }
});

tinycomments_can_edit_comment

Optional - This option sets the author permissions for editing comments. If the tinycomments_can_edit_comment option is not included, the current author (tinycomments_author) cannot edit comments added by other authors.

Type: Function

Default Function

function (req, done, fail) {
  var allowed = req.comment.author === <Current_tinycomments_author>;
  done({
    canEdit: allowed
  });
}

The following example extends the default behavior to allow the author <Admin user> to edit other author’s comments by adding || currentAuthor === '<Admin user>'.

Example: Using tinycomments_can_edit_comment

var currentAuthor = 'embedded_journalist';

tinymce.init({
  selector: '#textarea',
  tinycomments_author: currentAuthor,
  tinycomments_can_edit_comment: function (req, done, fail) {
    var allowed = req.comment.author === currentAuthor;
    done({
      canEdit: allowed || currentAuthor === '<Admin user>'
    });
  }
});

Show the comments sidebar when TinyMCE loads

To show the comments sidebar when the editor is loaded or to display the sidebar by default, add a callback to open the sidebar once the editor ‘skin’ is loaded.

For example:

tinymce.init({
  selector: '#editor',
  plugins: 'tinycomments',
  tinycomments_mode: 'embedded',
  tinycomments_author: currentAuthor,
  tinycomments_can_resolve: canResolveCommentsCallback,
  /* The following setup callback opens the comments sidebar when the editor loads */
  setup: function (editor) {
    editor.on('SkinLoaded', function () {
      editor.execCommand("ToggleSidebar", false, "showcomments");
    })
  }
});

Using Comments embedded mode with the Full Page plugin

Developers have to be cautious when deciding the order in which the plugins are added in the plugins list.

Comments can cause an issue if the Full Page plugin fullpage appears before Comments plugin tinycomments in the plugin list, and tinycomments is configured to use embedded mode.

The order that the plugins appear affects the order that the getContent hooks are processed in. This creates an issue with tinycomments working as expected since the fullpage plugin adds outer <html> elements before tinycomments adds its comment data. This leads to the comment data being in the wrong place. The consequence of this situation is that when a saved document is re-opened, the comment data is lost (but the highlights are still there).

For a workaround, please ensure that tinycomments is listed before fullpage in the plugins list. This should result in tinycomments working properly.

Configuring the commented text properties

The highlight styles are now a part of the overall content skin and are changed through customizing the skin.

TinyMCE open source project oxide (default skin), defines the variables used for changing the annotation colours.

Refer to the documentation for building a skin using this repo.

For more information on configuring TinyMCE formats, refer to the formats section.

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