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NVU is discussed in wysiwyg context, but their 1.0 is completely unuseable in its current release state, it is not a 1.0 product, its errors put it at alpha stage as far as I'm concerned. Don't use it for production purposes, it rewrites and ruins files.
I am definitely happy with a text editor (Homesite) plus several open browsers. Homesite isn't free, of course, but I think any html editor that offered color coding would be pretty good.
I've never seen bugs as serious as this on any ready for prime type editor.
I love open source, and support it actively, but NVU is just not ready, I really wish they'd dropped the version number to something that more accurately reflects its current level of functionality, I'd say 0.1 or 0.2 would be more accurate. Plus a strong warning on installation that the product is not ready for real production use.
It also messes up css stuff by the way, check the nvu forums, I think those guys are in a state of self delusion about this product or something, hard to say what the problem is.
Do not ever open up any file with nvu that you have not made a backup copy first, you may regret it.
Those older versions can still be downloaded at Netscape ... if you have trouble finding it, sticky me and I will dig it up ...
I am also a Dreamweaver fan/user, and over the years, when clients or friends wanted a free editor, I pointed them to Netscape ... I found that for the most part, pages edited in Netscape were perfectly compatible with Dreamweaver.
Hope that helps.
Based on a post on a forum (can't remember where) that I read earlier today, I have just downloaded PSPad and like that a lot more: [pspad.com...]
[edited by: encyclo at 12:24 am (utc) on Oct. 11, 2005]
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Netscape's 3.X browser versions all contained a WSYWIG html editor. I used it for years very happily, as I had to for a client who created all his pages in it ... it even had a an FTP upload as part of it.
Yes, Netscape's integrated HTML editor was (is) a very simple program which produces surprisingly robust HTML, albeit very antiquated now (no CSS at all, tables and font tags only). The editor carried on more or less unchanged through NN4 and into the Mozilla suite. The NVU program was born out of the Mozilla editor, but supposedly improved, using CSS and XHTML. I agree with the others in that I only tried it once, but it crashed immediately on startup and I never went any further. :)
However the original Mozilla suite editor may be a suitable candidate - again the markup is old-fashioned but solid, and it is a great deal more stable than NVU.
Note that the Mozilla suite is now officially discontinued (replaced by Firefox, Thunderbird and NVU), but it is still supported by mozilla.org and there is an independent project wanting to continue development.