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Free WYSIWYG Editors?

 3:45 pm on Dec 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

Are there are good WYSIWYG HTML editors available for free? I'm not looking for anything Dreamweaver standard, just something that'll cover most of the basics.




 4:09 pm on Dec 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

I would edit my first post, but I can't seem to find the option too...

Anyhow, is NVU any good?


Or is it a case of suck-it-and-see?


 1:21 am on Dec 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

I can't find the thread now, but some members were complaining that Nvu did some pretty nasty things to their sites. If you're going to use Nvu make a backup copy of your website before you do (or don't work on the production version.) The previous verdict was that Nvu is not ready for prime-time...unfortunately.


 9:26 am on Dec 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the reply, bill - to be honest I found NVU via a Google search, so just wondered if anyone knew anymore about it.

Are there any recommendations for free software that won't wreck the site?


 11:02 pm on Dec 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

NVU is ok. Kind of like Mozilla Composer. It's the best I've seen for free.

The problems I recall reading about where that it changed PHP tags. I thought they fixed that issue, but check the support forums on their site.


 9:34 am on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

Excellent - will do.

It's not required for anything major, just some minor tinkering - I'll give NVU a go.


 11:31 am on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've used NVU a few times now, and it's quite obvious that it's free software - it continually changes my code, and the Source Code layout isn't very good at all.

I'll have a look around for a text editor (one which adds colours to things, just because word/note pad are a bit hard on the eyes after a while)

NVU would probably be fine for the new to coding, but I was merely looking for a shortcut to tidy up some code - back fired somewhat...

Any recommendations for a HTML text editor then?


 12:28 pm on Dec 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

Try notepad lite ..freeware ..


 8:41 am on Dec 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

Were you perhaps referring to NoteTab Light? ;)
I liked that one so much I bought the Pro version and made it my default source code viewer on all my browsers.


 3:41 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

HTML-Kit seems to be pretty good.


 3:47 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

For a text editor, try the freeware version of AceHTML, at visicommedia.com


 3:54 pm on Jan 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

There is also a program called FrontPage Express which is free. You won't see much mention of it around here as it was an older utility that came with previous versions of FP. Basically it is a trimmed down version of FrontPage and allows you to perform the basics with ease.

If you do a search for FrontPage Express, you'll find plenty of sites that offer a download of the program.


 6:20 pm on Jan 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

for an text editor i use Textpad, works well for me.

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