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I tried a few wysiwyg tools about 3 or 4 years ago when they were new, and I hated them. They all produced bloated html code and didn't do just what I wanted. Have things gotten better?
What wysiwyg tools are recommended these days? Are there any free tools? Does anyone still use text editors? Does anyone use both -- eg, use a wysiwyg tool initially, then a text editor to tweak the code? I pretty much use a pc, so the mac-only tools are out.
I would agree that not all WYSIWYG programs create streamlined pages (FP the worst), but it (if it is a good one) will allow you to do that yourself. I use Dreamweaver and when I started I created the worst pages you can imagine. It took me about three years and it was't until I understood the place wysiwyg editors had, that my sites became better. If someone uses it as a replacement for "knowing" how to build a site/page then the program isn't going to help, in fact may hurt the user's site. Tilt said that he knows how to write html, so a WYSIWYG editor will help him.
my 3 cents, one more than anyone wanted. :)
Woz, Freeway looks like a good tip, but it appears to be a Mac only tool.
What's a cms and how do you use it? Configuration Management System? Is it some sort of code generator?
tbear and ka_curtis -- I hear you both. I'm kind of on the fence with this issue. I think a graphical tool might speed things up, but I don't have confidence in the code that it might generate. Or, what if I modify its code and then run it by the graphical editor a 2nd time? I think it was FrontPage that used to over-write my hand-edits. Not good.
Nobody's using a good free tool?
True, sorry tilt, I didn't read your post carefully enough.
I use Frontpage all the time and have no real problems with code. As long as you use FP2000 or better, are aware of its idiosyncrasies and stay away from its bots then you are OK. There are a few threads here with great information on using Frontpage cleanly, have a bit of a search and you should find them.