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Need advice on a good html editor

 6:15 am on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

I currently use Araneae and like it because it is very basic and doesn't add a lot of extra code into my docs. One thing I don't like is there is no way to insert tables unless I write the code by hand and I am not experienced enough for that.

Does anyone know of another editor that doesn't add extra code and has a lot of features




 4:09 pm on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you're willing to spend the money Macromedia Dreameweaver will give you a trillion features and can be used in either WYISWYG or Hand Coders options options ...


 4:15 pm on Nov 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

I use UltraEdit and know many others do, I love its features, hand code my own templates and macros.


 2:45 am on Nov 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

TopStyle is probably my favorite HTML editor these days. Although it began its life as a stylesheet editor its creator, the original programmer for Homesite, expanded it to be an incredibly powerful HTML editor as well.


 1:06 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

bill, that's interesting, I started using Topstyle because its light edition came bundled with Homesite, and now use the Pro version, but exclusively as a css editor - and Homesite as the HTML editor. I've never quite forgiven Macromedia for buying Homesite and burying it. :-/

Now I see that Topstyle has the same style drop-down options available for the html tags that I've been looking for in a future replacement for Homesite.

Now if I could only get the CSE HTML validator functionality fully integrated as well, things would be perfect.


 1:12 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

CSE HTML Validator has developed into a very useful editor over the last few years ...


 1:15 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

CSE HTML Validator has developed into a very useful editor over the last few years.

So has FrontPage. :)

With the release of FrontPage 2003, the rest of them have been left in the dust. Although they all perform their tasks and it really comes down to the user, not the program.


 2:16 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

Now that's interesting because TopStyle integrates with CSE HTML Validator, and it also has a button which integrates it with FrontPage (it has the same button for Dreamweaver fans.) It will also work with HTML Tidy. I've been using TopStyle alongside FrontPage for years, and the the two are indispensable for me.


 2:19 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

bill, I know, what I'm asking for is to have the functionality INTEGRATED into Topstyle itself - although the third party integration is ok, it's not seamless. :-)


 2:26 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

All I do is push the big blue 'H' button on TopStyle and get the results integrated in the bottom Messages tab ...I'm not sure how much more integrated you need. ;) I'm happy having separate programs (which are fairly specialized) doing what they do best....in this situation.


 2:35 pm on Nov 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

CSE HTML Validator was originally designed as an add on validator to support other programs but it can be quite easily used and as a standalone editor these days and obviously you have the validation and accessibility checking built right in which is very useful...


 8:57 am on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

I use Quanta Plus and CSSED for web site creation - but I use Linux for an operating system ;-) .

The industry standard for Windows and Mac OS X users is Macromedia Dreamweaver - version 8 has just been released. This allows you to design WYSIWYG or hand code or use both when required - it really is up to the user. Macromedia has greatly improved CSS editing, layer control, Flash video integration and XML.

Hope this helps.


 1:10 pm on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Yep, Dreamweaver used to be frowned upon by some 'pure' hand coders but it really is superb for users in WYSIWIG or hand code mode, I doubt whether it can be matched for features and the number of available add-on extensions ...


 10:40 pm on Nov 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

I use quanta for for large projects - gotta love those tabs - and I use gvim for when I just need to quickly edit a single page.


 8:36 pm on Nov 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

I use BBEdit--it doesn't add a lot of extraneous code.



 5:11 am on Dec 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

While I'm not the most experienced with various wsywig editors, I have been teaching myself code through the process, and identify with the original post.

Countless posts got me into using NVU, which was disappointing--adding far too much random code and inhibiting simple navigation through the html.

I've since begun using DW, but am leaning painfully that I'm just not good enough yet. Thanks for the advice here--I'm definitely going to try TopStyle & Homesite. Will let the world know how badly it goes...

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