RE: HTML editor

Subject: RE: HTML editor
From: "Ed Nixon" <ed -dot- nixon -at- LynnParkPlace -dot- org>
To: "'Heit, Debra'" <DHeit -at- elliptus -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 16:37:31 -0500

> From: Heit, Debra
> Subject: HTML editor
> Can someone recommend a WYSIWYG HTML editor? I'm sick to
> death of FrontPage
> and need something that is better behaved.

A lot of people like Allaire's HomeSite.

If you want a personal opinion, WYSIWYG is inherently poorly behaved because
of the revision model it has to support, i.e., spontaneous, non-systematic,
un-structured. In this sense it shares its drawback with all things
WYSIWYG -- Word, WordPerfect, FrontPage, etc., etc. Codes get jumbled, lost,
confused and, consequently, generate their own additional work.

HomeSite has three document views (as do most of the top line tools): text
view with mark-up, Browser View (for previewing) and Design View (for
assigning formatting and style).

In addition it comes with an HTML Validator for checking up HTML syntax and,
now, a Cascading Style Sheet Editor called TopStyle. TopStyle is a
standalone product as well and is the creation of the original HomeSite
designer/developer, Nick Bradbury.

If you really, really need to deal with HTML by hand (rather than via
scripting or template conversion tools), it's as good as they get before you
move into the realm of personal preferences.

Cheers. ...edN





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