Removing #8203 in RichTextHTML field Sharepoint

Subramaniyan Ganesan
SharePoint Consultant
Published On :   08 May 2015
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The Rich text editor in Sharepoint 2013 inserts “zero width spacing” characters when editing HTML. Unfortunately, these are not visible to the normal user and so it is difficult to remove, so much for WYSIWYG!

Below is a Javascript snippet that will remove all instances of the character in the HTML field’s editable region.

 //insert this script in the <head> after 
 <SharePoint:ScriptLink language="javascript" name="core.js" OnDemand="true" runat="server" Localizable="false"/>
 EnsureScript('SP.UI.RTE.js', typeof (RTE), function () {
 //Removes ​ZWSP characters
 if (RTE.Cursor.update == undefined)
 try {
 var update_orig = RTE.Cursor.update;
 RTE.Cursor.update = function () {
 var range = RTE.Cursor.get_range();
 if (range.isValid()) {
 var editorElement = RTE.Canvas.getEditableRegion(range.parentElement());
 if (editorElement && editorElement.innerHTML) {
 editorElement.innerHTML = editorElement.innerHTML.replace(/\u200B/g, "");
 } catch (e) {
 console.log (“RTE override error”, e);});