HTML Editors

Subject: HTML Editors
From: Robert Crews <robertc -at- AMCC -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 1995 08:21:55 PDT

A.J.,

In my opinion, speciallized HTML editors are more trouble than
they're worth. I've written lots of HTML code and the best setup
I've come up with (which works on all platforms) is to create
the HTML code with a text processor you enjoy working with and
view the formatted text with a respected HTML browser.

Create a couple lines of HTML code, and save the file. Open the
file with the HTML browser to see how it looks. Modify the HTML
code with the text editor. Save the file. Click reload from the
browser. Repeat 'til done.

The advantages are:

1. You'll be proofing your work with the same tools your
readers will be using (No need to worry about a buggy
HTML interpreter)

2. You don't have to learn how to edit text in yet another
text program

I use Netscape (sometimes Mosaic) and vi under Unix, Netscape
(sometimes Mosaic) and Norton Deskedit under MS-Windows, and
Netscape and Saint Edit under the MacOS. All these tools are
essentially free and can be downloaded with FTP without too
much trouble. (Norton Deskedit comes with the Norton Desktop
for Windows, but you could use Microsoft's Desktop Editor just
as well.)

Robert Crews
robertc -at- amcc -dot- com


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