TextEditAid - Chrome Web Store
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Edit (or just filter) the currently selected textarea using a web request.

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.

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Frank UtneJan 27, 2017

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?

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iLemmingDec 20, 2014

Aaah... please fix it for gmail, inbox and twitter, and many other web apps!

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Marco KellershoffJul 1, 2014

This is simply amazing!


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