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Currently I am using Netscape Composer to build webpages. I absolutely cannot stand to use Frontpage. Composer is good, but it lacks features and fucntions such as more fonts, etc.
I am looking for another coding software, hopefully freeware, that is very basic but that has more features than Composer. I have tried HTML builder, but I can't figure out how to use it, it's very complicated, seems there are toooo many features.
Any help would be much apprecaited.
but it lacks features and fucntions such as more fonts, etc.
However if you are looking for something free.. you can check out
1) 1st Page 2000
2) HTML Kit
If you are in the mood of spending money, you can also check out
Hope this helps.
I will check out the other two companies you provided. I am very family with Dreamweaver, however, I am not out for forking out the bucks right now.
Best feature for me: the ability to seamlessly edit files "directly" on the server (the program automatically handles the FTPing in the background).
HOWEVER, I have to say that off all the software I've used and purchased, TEXTPAD is clearly the leader in value for money spent. $27 is an incredible bargain for such a full-featured program. Consider the several hundred against Dreamweaver....
Buy it, use it, you'll never be unhappy with it.
Newer versions allow you to use CSS instead of font tags, but do this inline causing yet more code bloat.
The resulting files always need tidying and editing.
I always code in Wordpad, as it has better editing facilities than Notepad.
i agree it can be a bit daunting initially, but there has rarely been a question that hasn't already been answered regarding it's use. and yes, the community support is tremendous.
did we mention its free? :o)
At some point you have to bite the bullet and learn the tags and how to code with a text editor. There might be "what you see is what you get" programs that you'll find useful, but they can produce many lines of unnecessary code. It makes the pages load slower for people with dial-up, (like me). It's good to be able to at least look through and strip out the bloat.
It's really not that hard learning to do html by hand if you spend a few hours at it. Beer helps later in the day, I find, when you're starting to get frustrated.
I use Netscape Composer currently, but as said above these kinds of programs leave a lot of garbage code, is there a progarm available that can take my Composer file and weed clean out all that junk automatically?
I much prefer to type my page and see it as it's being typed, I can code but takes too long and I want the results immedately. I don't like shifting through code trying to find the one little place that I want to change.
At the risk of sounding like an HTML-Kit fanatic, it has a "live preview" that let's you see the results of your code as you're coding (with a few seconds lag time).
And for cleaning up "dirty" code, it incorporates HTML Tidy--which is also available as a stand-alone program as well.
you mentioned you were looking for features like more fonts. are you aware that an html page cannot contain any fonts, only references to fonts that are on the visitor's machine?
so even if your html editor would have a million fonts, it would be no good unless you would be the only one viewing your pages!
... heck take the HTML editing functionality out and it would still be worth the money :)