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We have implemented content types with a rich HTML site column, but can't get rich text editing features (from ribbon) to work in pages when editing. Any idea?

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Do you have custom developed Page Layouts? If so, they may define special editable regions for those fields and it is possible that they make use of the wrong control type.

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In your page layout, are you displaying the Rich HTML site column with the RichHtmlField control, sample of a Page Layout declaration of this below:

<PublishingWebControls:RichHtmlField ID="yourRichContentControlID" FieldName="yourRichContentFieldName" runat="server"/>

If the above doesn't work, let us have some more details of your problem.

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