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When I read some post here, most members post some text based editors (not WYSIWYG) and i think we may need to do some editor challenge here. ;)
Here are some criteria that i would like to look into text based editor:
a) Free (as much as possible)
b) Run fast and not a memory hogger
c) Runs on Windows (peace for mac, 'nixers there, need to test it in ie and i don't have a mac ;))
d) and lastly, must not be NotePad, must be an Alternative to Notepad though!
1st Page 2000 System/Software Requirements
To Use Evrsoft 1st Page 2000, You Need
Microsoft Internet Explorer v3.02 or higher
Netscape Gecko Rendering Engine (optional)
PC with Pentium 75 MHz or higher processor
Microsoft Windows® 95 or later operating system, Microsoft Windows NT® Workstation operating system version 4.0 or later with Service Pack 3 or later, or Microsoft Windows NT® Server operating system version 4.0 or later with Service Pack 3 or later. Windows 2000, Windows Me and Windows XP are now supported.
For Windows 95 or Windows 98:
32 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for 1st Page 2000.
For Windows NT/2000 or XP:
256 MB of RAM for the operating system, plus an additional 8 MB of RAM for 1st Page 2000.
15 MB of available hard-disk space (Number indicates typical installation; your hard-disk usage will vary depending on configuration. Choices made during custom installation may require more or less hard-disk space.)
VGA or higher-resolution monitor; Super VGA recommended
Microsoft compatible Mouse, IntelliMouse® supported
HTML-Kit is now coming out with a paid version I believe - I could be wrong. But it's super great for stripping out font tags, that's what I used when converting a couple of sites to validate for HTML4 and replaced font tags with CSS. There are loads of plug-ins, including HTML validation, so how fat it is depends on preferences.
The documentation could be a lot better, it's kind of cryptic, which is a big shortcoming. Other than that it's amazingly functional and not slow at all, even with Windows98. I do quick and dirty sites in DW and always have to do a little fixing.
Of course, my laptop is an 80486 with 8mb of RAM, and little enough hard drive space that I have to NFS-mount a scratch partition from another machine just to unpack .debs if I want to install or upgrade the system. It doen't even meet the minumum system requirements for the Debian installer anymore. :( It's also too old to get new bateries for, and the orriginals are completely dead, so I should probably think about replacing it... ... will code for new laptop? ;)
'the' or 'jed' are good substitutes in situations like that.
The blurb don't lie when it says
a text editor should run fast, open files fast, be capable of editing files of any size, be customizable and offer essential features [needed] on a day-to-day basis. Many text editors sacrifice speed and lightness for an ever-increasing number of features that most of us may never need. Our priority is the optimization of EmEditor
It is the best combined (X)HTML / CSS editor by far. It's not free but worth every penny if you're serious about web design.
Nick Bradbury is the author and he wrote the original Homesite (eventually bought out by Macromedia).
It's a free programmer's editor. Multiple windows, very empty workspace but loads of features.
Adds to the windows context (!) menu.
Notifies if loaded files are changed by other processes.
And so much more.
I don't own the program I just swear by it's usability!
10 out of 10!
The real question is what kind of interface do you like, and what kind of features do you need?
There are a lot of programs out there.
We all have our favorites.
I like tools that are fast loading, and that allows you to take advantage of more features as you learn how to master that tool...