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What do you guys is the best HTML editor for ease of use, tools and overall organization for full site control?
12:46 am on Apr 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Dreamweaver and Editplus 2 I like the colored type and shortcut buttons
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I'm dithering between HTMLKit and TextPad, both of which have features that I like. Strictly from an editing point of view, TextPad seems stronger to me, but HTMLKit has a huge number of potentially useful web-specific features if I can just figure them all out (documentation is sketchy). And it's free.
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>>documentation is sketchy<<

That's the understatement of the century, even if you'd said it in 1999. The documentation of HTML-Kit is so uncommunicative it's almost like a puzzle. I can't even figure out if there's a secret trick, which, if I knew it, might make me change my mind. I think there's a core of a nice program there, but every time I try to use it, I run into yet another undocumented problem that makes me give up on it.

I've been using NoteTab Pro, and I keep hoping for a resource friendly version of HomeSite.

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Very true. I've finally gotten around to setting up HTMLKit's newsgroups in my news reader, but haven't gotten around to actually reading them yet. If you're still interested at all and haven't tried perusing the newgroups, sticky me and I'll send you the specifics.
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photon - Thanks... I will Sticky you, or if you read this first, please sticky me with the newsgroup info.

I'm not sure I want to post on a newsgroup, though, every time I can't guess how the program works. I think the designer assumes his users are psychic or incredibly dedicated.

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Personally enjoy using Hotdog html editor, many capabilities variety of customizable options, highlighting, etc. Basic FTP built in. Handles multiple sites. Easy for many pages to be worked upon at same session. Built-in help only is Very good. No manual. No disk. Fair price.

Sorry, I aint doing a sales pitch but have used it about 3 years with a couple version changes. "Mostly" bug free, once in a while a minor irritation may occur. Built in help also shows what is for 4.0 transitional, or for 3.x, strict, or for IE, Nets, or both, handy to know what "may" work in the other, or not.

I preview my pages in the older Opera 3.62 (when they were working on 4.0 too many bugs so I stayed with Opera 3.62) and also preview in IE 5.5 thus if pages look decent in those two should be ok in probably others.

And if need be, I "could" use Notepad, even to program a page from scratch. I know the balancing act and probably most if not all the <codes> by now.

Hope this helps for the survey. Didn't hear anyone mention it, but it's now here. Created by the down-under-folks. :-) Great job!

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Visual Studio .NET, FrontPage, Notepad, ConTEXT, SWiSH
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you're gonna laugh...but netscape composer and notepad works just fine for me.
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I use FrontPage for production work (meaning 99% of the time), HomeSite for extended search and replace, and Notepad or Wordpad for the occasional quick hand-edit of titles or meta tags or whatever.

IMHO, there's no "best" editor or authoring tool. It depends on what you need to do and--just as important--on your personal tastes. As a writer and editor who used word processors before the Web was invented, I like FrontPage because it has an "editorial" look and feel that doesn't get in the way of my writing. And I don't like Dreamweaver because its interface seems more suited to art directors with Mac backgrounds than to writers or editors. That doesn't mean FrontPage is better than Dreamweaver; it just means that FrontPage works better for me.

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I use PrimalScript by Sapien Technologies. For just about everything.
Supports a very, very wide range of languages. Excellent color-coding. Only thing it sucks with is CSS.
It's got Intellisense like Visual Interdev does but unlike Interdev it also covers the Windows Script Host which I have to write for on occasion.
Pricey, though. License is about 150 US, I think.
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Dreamweaver MX - rocks.
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I primarily use Homesite 5, TextPad, and emacs (when I'm editing live on the server, which is a lot more often than I should be doing!)

Homesite has always had horrible memory/system resource leaks making it impossible to use on anything but NT and now XP. But now that I'm on XP I've gone back to Homesite and have stayed (it's been a long torrid relationship).

Why did I abandon HTML-Kit? I can't remember, something was bugging me.

I find that every 6 months or so, I get bored and need to try out a new editor. This thread is reminding me to go take another look. :)

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Visual Page 2.0 to get things started.
HotMetal Pro 6 for Tag View
Note Tab Pro for Hand Code
HTML Kit and CSE Validator to straighen it out.
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I use a heavily-hacked copy of EditPlus for everything - I find it by far the quickest way to create pages.
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Privacyman - I'll also put in a plug for Hotdog Pro from Sausage Software. Its versitile as you say and user friendly. I've been using it for about three years as well.

Occasionally, I'll go to Arachnophilia to do a search and replace accross numerous pages.

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Textpad for almost everything.
  • Nice and fast even on huge documents.
  • Sensible multi-document handling.
  • RegEx search and replace.
  • Code colouring for all file types I need.
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    gVim [vim.org] and Ruby [ruby-lang.org]
    11:35 am on May 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

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    EditPlus is the main editor I work with.

    But I still use Dreamweaver for one of the projects that was created three years ago in DW: it is too difficult (of course it is possible but what for?) to edit html code produced by WYSIWYG system.

    To make the text look nice (formatting quote marks, dashes, nbsp's etc.) I use "AutoTypographics [at.webcode.ru]" (it has Russian interface).

    What about uploading files to server, never tried components built into DW or text editors, preferring SecureFX.

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