Re: Web page (intranet) dev tools

Subject: Re: Web page (intranet) dev tools
From: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 20:49:25 -0400

Wait a minute. RedFlex (cturner -at- redflex -dot- com) builds websites.
Granted the sites are in full-on quirks mode and won't validate to
any standard, but they seem to be how the outfit makes money. Why
start from scratch for an intranet? Is there a webdev in the house?

> 1. Frontpage
> 2. Dreamweaver
> 3. AuthorIt
> 4. Nvu (price is right, but is it robust?)
> 5. Just use html
> 6. Anything else?

If all you want is an editor built for HTML, don't spend money.
There are lots of great, free editors, even for Windows. HTML-Kit,
Crimson Editor, many more. There's even a Windows build of Bluefish
somewhere (can't find it right now).

If you're leaning toward DW, don't bother, just use Nvu. This stuff
ain't magic.

A few tips:

1. runs on Apache2, which means that maybe your
intranet server will, too. Seriously consider a blogging tool for
your intranet, something like WordPress maybe. As long as you're
gonna climb a learning curve, get the content management going on
the server side, so you can just write. A simple Wiki might be a
good choice, too.

2. If you don't want to get involved in server-side script and
databases, at least learn to use server-side includes (SSI). Saves
much drudgery.

3. Get the Web Developer's Toolbar for Firefox. Also get FireBug
and Aardvark. These handle *all* debugging and validation needs

Everything mentioned here is free, like XHTML is, like the Web is.
Don't drink the Kool-Aid.


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