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Justin, I suggest you take another look a Homesite. Like you, I was once a
hardcore Notepad/WordPad dude (well, CygnusEd, on the Amiga -- still the
best damn text editor I've ever used), but now that I've switched to
Homesite, I can't go back. I'm barely even scratching the surface of its
functions; I just find that tools like the extended search and replace, the
point-and-click special character chart, color-coded text, snippets, and
one-key preview (to name a few) greatly speed up my development time. It's
no different from what I was doing before, just quicker and more convenient
since the tools are all there. As a consequence, I'm freer to experiment
with alternate designs, and managing larger sites (mine grew from a handful
of pages to about a hundred in a few months, and is still expanding) is
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Cascio, Justin [mailto:Justin_Cascio -at- tvratings -dot- com]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 1999 3:11 PM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: RE: HTML editor
> Because of all this discussion of WYSIWYG HTML editors, I
> downloaded a few
> demos to get a taste of what's out there. I'm really hardcore
> Notepad, but I
> know that if you're developing professional sites, they can
> get too big to
> reasonably develop and maintain without some help.
> I downloaded demos of Allaire Homesite 4, Macromedia
> Dreamweaver 3, and
> Lorenz Graf's HTMLtool 3. Why do they all look so daunting
> when I first open
> them? I can't figure out how to create a site, a style sheet,
> or anything!
> I've developed reasonably sophisticated sites on my own in
> Notepad, so I
> don't see why these applications should make the process even more
> confusing. Could someone direct me to a good getting-started
> website, list
> archive, help topic, etc.? Thanks.
> Justin Cascio