Re: Frontpage alternative

Subject: Re: Frontpage alternative
From: "Mike McCallister" <workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Laura Lemay" <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 22:03:24 +1800

The history of Nvu/KompoZer is somewhat convoluted. It is summarized briefly
on the Nvu download page thusly (with more history on the About Us page (
http://net2.com/nvu/about.html):

NVU 1.0, released in June 2005, is the last official release that you will
find at most download sites, however, it isn't the newest or best version of
the Nvu software. An unofficial bugfix/update called "KompoZer" is available
here <http://kompozer.net/download.php>. KompoZer fixes some of the major
bugs and annoyances found in Nvu 1.0. If you are using NVU 1.0 and it works
for you, stick with it. But if you run into problems, give KompoZer a try
and see if it helps.

To add to the confusion, KompoZer uses the Nvu desktop icon. This makes some
sense, if you view yourself as a bugfix edition of Nvu.

Meanwhile, the Nvu FAQ page indicates that Nvu has now been revived by its
original developer, but nothing's been released yet. It's not clear when
that FAQ was written.


Mike McCallister
Technical Writing Consultant, Compuware
Author, "openSUSE Linux Unleashed" -- at bookstores now!
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On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 8:10 PM, Laura Lemay <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com> wrote:

> KompoZer's replacement is Nvu. Its the same code base (the old Netscape
> Composer), only Nvu is being regularly updated.
>
> Here are two good lists of both WYSIWYG web design editors and
> code-based HTML editors, from free to $$$
>
> http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/06/25-wysiwyg-editors-reviewed/
>
> http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/07/35-useful-source-code-editors-reviewed/
>
> Laura
>
> Richard L Hamilton wrote:
> > George,
> >
> > I have used Kompozer with some success
> > (http://sourceforge.net/projects/kompozer).
> > It is an open source program, so it is very affordable.
> >
> > Beware, however, that it does not appear to have been updated recently,
> > so I
> > don't know what its long term prognosis is. That breaks one of my basic
> > rules
> > about tools (avoid orphans and old-timers), but when I looked for tools,
> > I was
> > surprised to find relatively few out there. This one worked well, so I
> > didn't
> > look much further.
> >
> > I suspect that one reason may be that a lot of low cost web hosting
> > services
> > feature a built-in web site builder, so it may be that the need is
> > relatively
> > small for most folks. In fact, if you are looking for a web site for
> > yourself,
> > you may want to just sign up with a service that offers this feature.
> >
> > Best Regards,
> > Dick Hamilton
> > Managing Writers: A Real World Guide to Managing Technical Documentation
> > http://managingwriters.com
> >
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> >>
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> >>
> >> Hi,
> >> Can anyone suggest an affordable alternative to MS Frontpage?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Geore Grimm
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RE: Frontpage alternative: From: Richard L Hamilton
Re: Frontpage alternative: From: Laura Lemay

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