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Hackadelic EditArea


The plugin is primarily targeted at plugin developers who want to provide a syntax-aware code editing experience to their users in their plugins, without re-inventing the wheel related to the underlying technology.

Check out the plug-in homepage for in-depth information about the plug-in.


This file is part of the Hackadelic EditArea WordPress plugin.

Hackadelic EditArea is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Hackadelic EditArea is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with Hackadelic EditArea. If not, see


  1. Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  2. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin.
  3. Activate the plug-in as usual.
  4. Go to the plugin settings and enable it where needed.


How do I use the plug-in?

Easy: Just insert a element decorated with the class “editarea $language”, where $language is the programming language. Example:

<textarea class="editarea php">
echo 'Hello world!';

The plugin with automatically morph the textarea into a syntax-aware code editor.

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Contributors & Developers

“Hackadelic EditArea” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Verified compatibility with WP 2.8.5
  • Minor fixes/improvements


New Feature: Textarea elements annotated with class=”initially-off” will not be morphed into an EditArea immediately, but only a checkbox will be added to switch the editor off. Useful to speed up page loading, and to provide a workaround for situations when immediate morphing has negative side effects.


Initial public release.