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4:30 am on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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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?
4:33 am on Jan 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I like Dreamweaver for site control, but I do all my writing and editing with Textpad - a basic but full-featured text editor.
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lots of reading in this one:
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4:40 pm on Jan 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I use Homesite 4.0 (still). Cheap and works great for what I need it for (simple stuff).
4:42 pm on Jan 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My personal preference is HTML-Kit ( [chami.com...] ). I like its style of code highlighting, and also features some nice help links for PHP, which I use alot.

For example, if you can't remember the parameters to use on a specific function, simply type the name of the function, put the cursor on it, and hit F1. It will bring you directly to that function in the PHP manual. This has helped me dozens of times.

5:36 pm on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Homesite 4.5 - One time I went dumpster diving and found the software with a site licences :P
5:43 pm on Jan 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I just did one in notepad! I love the text highlighting it has! Actually my harddrive crashed on monday so I only have a little one know and no space. On windows I use Homesite, on Linux I use bluefish yes I know I should use vi or something cool like that but I cant stand vi!
2:29 pm on Feb 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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DW for site control/ftp and Editplus (number 2) for editing. Its quite like Notepad, but with txt colouring etc... Even the desktop icon is just like notepad.
2:35 pm on Feb 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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BBEdit5.1 on a Mac. No complaints so far.
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Use just notepad!

I like Homesite 5, but only because of its sytax highlighting. Its a glorified text editor in my hands.

If you rely upon a WYSIWYG editor like FrontPage (gasp!) because you do not want to bother to learn how to code HTML properly, then you are limiting yourself a great deal.

Once you master tables and HTML in general - plus CSS - you will be able to code just as fast, or faster, by hand. Especially if you get into a scripting language like PHP or ASP where you can make one template page and then use the language to have that page render in any way you want.

Many WYSIWYG's make horrible code.

12:36 am on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Nobody seems to be mentioning Amaya. I've just started to have a look at it. Has anyone else used it? Have experiences been negative?
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PFE, except for global search-and-replace, for which I use CoffeeCup.
2:42 am on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Use just notepad!

Notepad and HTML editors like HomeSite are fine for Web designers. But for those of us who make a living by creating content (as opposed to doing Web design on salary or at hourly freelance rates), a WYSIWYG authoring tool is by far the most efficient way to generate pages and revenue.

3:52 pm on Feb 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Notepad and HTML Builder
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For ease of use and the sheer hell of it, Notepad does me nicely - quick, easy & free.

That said, building big sites is much easier with UltraDev where I can quite happily drive the whole site with templates which makes large scale updates much easier.

Whatever floats your boat really.:)

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10:12 pm on Feb 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Note Tab Pro is the best I've used...but I'm too used to Arachnophilia to switch
9:01 pm on Feb 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've probably tried just about every editor out there over the years.

I find myself using Edit Plus on windows and Quanta Plus on Linux.

10:07 pm on Feb 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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BBEdit is my workhorse. When I'm on a PC I like EditPadPro. When I'm in the shell (Unix) I use Pico. Actually I'd like to find a *nix command line editor that does syntax highlighting, if there's such a thing. Anyone know of one?

WYSIWYGs drive me crazy. I've tried to use them, but invariably I'll end up in the source code editor cleaning things up. Maybe I just haven't invested enough time in them, but I as it stands I can build a page faster by hand than in a WYSIWYG. And the results are better.

10:09 pm on Feb 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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FrontPage 2002 + Ultra edits works great for me :)
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WYSIWYGs drive me crazy. I've tried to use them, but invariably I'll end up in the source code editor cleaning things up. Maybe I just haven't invested enough time in them, but I as it stands I can build a page faster by hand than in a WYSIWYG. And the results are better.

Agreed.

I do own a copy of Dreamweaver, but about the only times I use it are when I nned to work with some complex tables with a lot of spanning, use it's clean up Word HTML feature, or use its site sych utility.

Other than that I'm quite a bit quicker using a text editor.

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textpad is the only tool for me, it can ftp, spell-check, macros, clip library, syntax coloring.

It's lean and clean and very fast to load.

[textpad.com...]

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Visual Slick Edit.
Multi language syntax highlighting.
Integrated FTP, beautifier, file comparison tools.
Programable macros.
Lots of good programming stuff like class browser...
Hugely configurable.

It is not free. A tool for professionals. But so worth it if, like me, you spend 40 or 50 hours in a text browser every week.

5:17 pm on Feb 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Dreamweaver in code and design view. No real need for notepad then IMHO :)
10:06 pm on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)

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"Notepad and HTML editors like HomeSite are fine for Web designers. But for those of us who make a living by creating content (as opposed to doing Web design on salary or at hourly freelance rates), a WYSIWYG authoring tool is by far the most efficient way to generate pages and revenue."

Are you kidding? I run a newspaper website. Thousands of pages of content. THE most efficient way to generate pages is learning server side scripting.

6:17 pm on Mar 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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if you've got the resources, then Microsoft Visual InterDev is the way to go. don't get me wrong, IMHO, notepad is still the best and always will be, but if you like tag highlighting and colorful code, then InterDev is it.

frontpage mangles server side code, among everything else.

i can't post a fully knowledgeable opinion regarding Dreamweaver, as all my experiences with it have been more than horrible. i am a backend coder, and every frontend designer that has given code created in Dreamweaver has been a nightmare. random font tags, random strong tags, random everything tags. this is caused by doing everything in design mode, and not cleaning up the code afterwards. i just read in a post farther up something about a word html cleaner in dreamweaver..? i have never seen nor heard of it, i would like to know more, so i can pass on the info to my frontend contractors. my pet peev is html formatting, so for me dreamweaver causes great anguish. sorry for the rant.

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Hi, I use Textpad for most everything and dreamweaver for visual setups.

Textpad has powerful regex commands and is extensible for different syntax. download it free at [textpad.com...] and if you like it, send em the $20. its well worth it in the 'find and replace' tools alone.

Homesite works okay too, if thats your bag, and if you're a mac user, BBEdit is THE way to go. In fact, the reason why I like textpad so much is because it reminds me of BBEdit.

Good luck!

Patrick

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UltraDev where I can quite happily drive the whole site with templates which makes large scale updates much easier

SSI menu's can achieve the same thing. I never did like DW's idea of templates.

We use DW for its ease of updating lots of links at once, shifting files etc and for its check in, check out feature which does the job nicely for preventing two people editing the same page. Of course, with raw html coding is useful. On Windows, I prefer EditPlus - designed for coding (not just html or php etc)... and easy to use.

8:37 pm on Mar 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Another free editor is Jedit, it works good on os x.

[jedit.org...]

another one for you mac folks is:

Alpha

[kelehers.org...]

[edited by: john316 at 9:22 pm (utc) on Mar. 5, 2003]

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I'd like to find a *nix command line editor that does syntax
highlighting, if there's such a thing. Anyone know of one?

Vim [vim.org]
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