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Free WYSIWYG Editor For Client

any suggestion welcomed



9:10 am on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I have a client at a remote location who operates a fleet of sailing vessels. The website includes a page showing sailing dates, vessels and booking availably. The info changes quickly and the client needs to have control over updates.

Due to their low skill levels, I'd like to avoid letting them oose with a text editor. Ideally, a very basic WYSIWYG editor that allows text editing and blow all else is all that is necessary.

Anyone have a suggestion on this?


9:27 am on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Not the answer you wanted hear I am sure, but the best approach would probably be to use a Content Managements System of some sort, either off the shelf or cutom, whereby they could alter the text without affecting the visual aspects. Might be something to think about.

As to editors, these is a thread floating about in the WYSIWYG Forum about editors that has quite a few suggestions in it.



3:26 pm on Dec 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Take a loot at the new bit o' software from Macromedia called 'Contribute' - might be just what you are looking for.


6:30 pm on Dec 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I recommend Trellion.com, their Web Page Designer is free.Works on WYSIWYG and you can quickly flip to see your source code (in a very newbie friendly format).

It's a free to DL, free to register, has just a little advertising on startup. Very tastefully done. Plus it has all kinds of advanced tools, but they don't stand out enough to confuse a beginner.


6:35 pm on Dec 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Duh, read the message Edge. Sorry you only want him to have access to text editing. If the programs suggested above maybe what you need to do is run a forum with you and your client being the only editors, view only for his visitors.


6:38 pm on Dec 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>I recommend Trellion.com

I loaded www.Trellion.com into the browser but got a flash intro for TagCD E-teractive -

[never mind, found it under Trellian.com. Far be it from me to fuss about a typo though, as my screen name coulda just as easily been KingTypo]

[edited by: kevinpate at 8:05 pm (utc) on Dec. 23, 2002]


6:45 pm on Dec 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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There are quite a number of conetent management systems that you can set up to allow varying levels of access to different logins, which would work perfectly for what you're doing.... Most of them include web-based interfaces, which would allow both you and the client to edit the content from any internet-connected computer. However, a lot of the more user friendly ones do cost money.

Another option would be to install a "news posting" script for the sceduling page of your client's site, and just give him access info to the web interface for that, allowing him to post schedule updates which would scroll off the display after a pre-set number of days, with the most recent info posted at the top.

Either of those options have a large number of choices available for free on a cgi-script download site like hotscripts.com or cgi.resourceindex.com

Or... a weblog script set up without archiving would allow him to just post a whole new schedule page (or use the editing option, if he just needs to make a minor adjustment to the current schedule) whenever he needs to... and the old content would automatically be replaced by the new.

Greymatter is one weblog script that you can use for free (with a credit link displayed). You could save most of the installation time by configuring it's main template to just spit out a plain text page with the actual posting content, and then pull that page into the fully formatted site via SSI.


3:34 am on Jan 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Certainly a Content Management System for updating in a remote location. You can create the systems with scripts online if you have the knowledge and access to web servers.

We use them with about 2000 of our clients which gives the client the full control over content. They love it as you can imagine.

Hope this helps.


5:38 am on Jan 4, 2003 (gmt 0)


I'm not new to the board, but this is my first post.

If you're still looking for a free WYSIWYG program, the only free and ad-free one I know is Web Weaver. Do a google search for free wysiwyg and you'll see it listed there. The software is kind of buggy, though. I emailed the developers about this and received no reply, which isn't too suprising since the program is free.

I wanted a free WYSIWYG to replace Front Page Express, since I upgraded to Windows XP this summer and FPE won't work on XP. I already know HTML and use an HTML editor for most of my work, but sometimes I just need to create a page quickly and visually, without worrying about tags. I don't need something as bloated as Dreamweaver for a quick-and-dirty HTML file, and I don't have Microsoft Word on this computer.

I'm still searching for a free WYSIWYG to like, one without all the bugs...


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