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Using Comments to Deactivate Code

HOW - simply, easily comment out code

12:01 am on Mar 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi - I am a beginning HTML coder. To test alternate ways of coding a line - I copy the line and comment out one of the lines to deactivate it, and then make changes to the other line. Then I revalidate to see if I get any differences.

It seems to me that there should be a simple way to select the line (using the cursor) - and then say 'format this selected text as a comment'. Comment start and end tags would be inserted at the beginning and the end of the line.

I use either Topstyle, or Homesite as my HTML editor. This seems to me as a simple learning tool - does anyone know if such a tool / plugin, etc., is available in ay editor?

Thank you in advance.


12:05 pm on Mar 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Never used TopStyle or HomeSite but any decent text editor should support macros and search-and-replace with regular expressions.

So basically refer to your help file for how to record a macro that replaces the selected text with <!-- text -->

12:23 pm on Mar 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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In TopStyle use the key combination:
Ctrl + Shift + M
That will comment out whatever you have selected. This works in the HTML and CSS editors.
5:53 pm on Mar 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ctrl + Shift + M also works in HomeSite. Simply highlight the section of code, then Ctrl + Shift + M to comment it out. CTRL + Z will undo, making it pretty easy to toggle back/forth.
10:06 pm on Mar 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thank you very much for the responses.. I certainly have had a DUH moment... I checked help, but I did not check the Edit menu and other menus completely. Thank you again for setting it straight.


3:36 am on Mar 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's also pretty easy to do in Textpad, at textpad.com. It has macro's, macro programming on the fly, clip libraries, massive and speedy file search and replace.

There are a ton of addons, to ftp the file you are working on to your destination and so on...

It's why i stick with it since 1997.