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Multi-Language Editors

especially for non-ASII encodings...

3:56 pm on Sep 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Most of the web editing I do is for English-language pages.

Occasionally I need to edit in German, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, etc and generally have no problems with that - especially if pages are UTF-8 encoded.

I now have a need to edit in Greek. The HTML tags are all OK, but all of the page content is changed to question marks and square boxes in every text editor that I have tried.

I cannot edit existing pages, or even cut and paste from one page to another. The destination is always corrupted.

Has anyone found anything that I can use, so that I can actually get some work done?

9:01 am on Sept 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The FrontPage HTML editor can handle multilingual source quite well. However, you can run into some difficulties with the WYSIWYG editor with languages so it's not the best solution.

I'm actually in the market for something like this myself. I did some research around WebmasterWorld looking at old threads for text editor recommendations and the top two seem to be Edit Plus and Ultra Edit. I need to do a lot with Japanese, Chinese and other double-byte character sets. Looking over the feature sets on those software packages I liked what I saw on the Ultra Edit site.

  • UNICODE support
  • Multi-byte Support with Integrated IME Support
I think I may give their free trial a run.
9:10 am on Sept 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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By far the best I've used is EmEditor, I've yet to find something it can't do..

Alan Wood’s Unicode Resources has a good list of other editors [alanwood.net ]


1:30 pm on Sept 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Just to use this thread as a central resource, here's some info that I found useful when encoding Cyrillic pages within DW (but would also be useful for other languages):

Dreamweaver Knowledgebase [adobe.com]

Quite Good General Information [ourworld.compuserve.com]