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I am building a Silverlight application that interacts with SharePoint through Managed Client Object Model. One of the functionalities of the app is to update a list item field with rich text content.

I don't know how to pass rich text content to SharePoint. HTML styling doesn't work because SharePoint adds the content literally.

For example, I want to write

SharePoint is awesome.

but the following doesn't work:

SharePoint <b>is</b> <i>awesome</i>.

Please help. Thanks.

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I'm assuming you are using the "Enhanced rich text"? – Ruben Herman Nov 23 '11 at 14:15
Actually no, I am using a Multi line text box with the type of text set to "Rich text" – Boris Nov 23 '11 at 15:16
Can you set the multi line textbox to "Enhanced rich text"-type? – Ruben Herman Nov 23 '11 at 15:57
@RubenHerman Sure, I can. I don't see that helping me much. I need to programmatically fill that field with formatted text, i.e. bold, italic, etc. – Boris Nov 24 '11 at 13:37

<a>, <div> <p> and probably a couple of more tags are supported.

To apply styles use inline style approach; for example:
<p style="background: blue; color: white;">A style is applied with inline CSS</p>

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