AEM Universal Visual Editor: Easily Author AEM Content Anywhere with In-Context Editing (Part 1)

Albin Issac
Tech Learnings
Published in
11 min readJun 17, 2024

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The Universal Editor is the next generation of AEM in-context page editors, designed to overcome the current limitations of the AEM Page Editor and SPA Editor. It offers a truly universal editing experience by being independent of frameworks, rendering engines, and data sources. This flexibility provides developers with the freedom they seek, as the only requirement is a rendered HTML with the necessary instrumentation. Additionally, the Universal Editor streamlines the content creation process, enhancing productivity and efficiency for content creators and editors. The Universal Editor supports both headless and headful (traditional pages and EDS content) content authoring. In this post, let us explore the high-level details of the Universal Editor.

What is the Universal Editor?

The Universal Editor is a versatile visual editor that is part of Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Sites. It enables authors to perform what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editing for any headless or headful experience.

AEM currently uses various editors for content authoring:

  • Page Editor: Enables in-context editing for the pages.
  • SPA Editor: Enables in-context editing for Single Page Applications (SPAs).
  • Content Fragment Editor: Provides editing capabilities for content fragments; in-context editing is not applicable.

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Albin Issac
Tech Learnings

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