RE: HTML help: HTML editors

Subject: RE: HTML help: HTML editors
From: "Jason Willebeek-LeMair" <jlemair -at- cisco -dot- com>
To: "'Cheri E. Kelln'" <tekgrrrl -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 07:45:55 -0500


I use several HTML editors daily (FrontPage, Homesite, and good ol'
Notepad). I must confess, I like FrontPage 2000. As far as I am concerned,
there is nothing better for ripping out a quick project web site. It also
meets your requirements (except, possibly, #5).

On the other hand, Homesite has these neat-o "project views" that make
working with a subset of a large number of files easier by only displaying
the files you choose. Handy when working on a section of a 1000+ file
website. But, the WYSIWYG editing messes with the code (FrontPage behaves
in the 2000 version). But the source view has a bunch of built-in helpers,
such as color coding, tag completion, etc.

Notepad is good for quick fixes and impressing the neighbors. Using vi will
turn you into a deity.

I use all three in conjunction with HTML help. Also, since you mention HTML
help (and HTML Help Workshop), check out FAR (Find and Replace) at It sits on top of HTML Help Workshop and adds
some nice features, like drag-and-drop TOC editing.


-----Original Message-----
From: Cheri E. Kelln [mailto:tekgrrrl -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2000 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: HTML help: HTML editors

Does anybody have a preference when it comes to good HTML editors? I have
used a few, but thought I would ask in relation to HTML Help. I was just
assigned the task of researching HTML editors today. We will probably be
using MS Help Workshop as well. I have no experience with HTML Help, so
forgive me if I am using incorrect terms. I have been stuck with print
manuals and a huge online help project for way too long. I feel like I am

Anyway, my manager mentioned something about MSDN compliance, but these
things are most important. Also, just in case it matters, we will be using
Perforce (don't know much about this either) to check the files in and out.

1. WYSIWYG interface that WILL NOT change tagging
2. Preview and true code views/interfaces
3. Spell checking
4. Quick formatting (e.g., bold, italic, underline, linking etc. buttons or
5. Good diffing/compare feature
6. Pretty cheap/readily available

Also, is there a tool for both editing AND compiling? Do you always need an
editor and a compiler? Forgive my ignorance on this issue.

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