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I thought this would be a good topic, especially for those new (including myself) and even those who have been doing this a while, so that all could see what good HTML editors are out there.I figure, if everybody listed off the following it would be very helpful:NamePricePlatform it is hosted on (e.g. Windows, Linux, Mac, all of above)DescriptionThis is based on a topic where I saw a fellow member using Wordpad to write HTML, I thought it would have been very useful to point them to a topic where they could find the one that fit them best.So have fun everybody, I am looking forward to seeing what all is out there.

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For starters:Name: NvuPrice: FreePlatform: Windows and Linux (at least that I know of)Site: www.nvu.comDescription: A WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get editor. It makes it very easy to create a very basic website without much knowledge of any HTML. However, it does create some ugly code at times and encourages inefficient HTML. Overall though I would say it is great for a beginner who is just wanting to get something started without worrying too much about the code at the time.

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http://hapedit.free.fr/ (windows)open multi files...highlights: PHP, ASP, JS, HTML, CSS, SQLhttp://www.flos-freeware.ch/notepad2.html (windows)do not open multi files...highlights: HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, VBScript, ASP, PHP, CSS, Perl/CGI, C/C++, C#, Java, VB, Pascal, Assembler, SQL, Python, NSIS, INI, REG, INF, BAT, DIFFplus it hightlights multi lang internet files, like php-html-javascript...even Dreamweaver cant hightlight what is inside <script></script>, but np2 does!notepad2 uses the Scintilla engine, thats why it has all that power...
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Wow for the HTMLGate, nice one. Offer lots of nice services but you still can code without them.For me, I used:Name: Scite wich can be downloaded ->here.Or the HomePage is -> here.Price: FreePlatform: Windows, LinuxDescritption: Very simple. Highlith lots of language (like NotePad2). If you don't want lots of thing in front of you, only a text editor that offer nice highlith, this is a good choice.But thinking of going to HTMLGate :)

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No its not. I can code a site in Notepad if I want, but syntax highlighting is excellent to spot errors, such as if you see your entire code in one colour, you can see somethings wrong (maybe you missed an ending brace or something). Plus, im betting you cant remember an entire doctype and meta tag information, plus charset and type it out perfectly without copy/pasting off another site or file. So, if you say im cheating, then so are you :)

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Here's a few more freebiesCrimson Editor: http://www.crimsoneditor.com/orHTML Kit: http://www.chami.com/html-kit/download/Never used both in greate detail but html kit is quite good, i've heard that it's the best free editor out there. You can FTP, Validate Pages, Preview and more.Never really used either in great depth, like munch i prefer coding in notepad.

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Yeah, the WYSIWYG editors are cheating to some extent, but when you haven't touched HTML in a long time, it's a great way to see the HTML in action, and reacquainted with the syntax. Plus it is kind of one of those things, its sometimes easier to understand code when you can see how it is used. I personally think they are great for beginners if they actually take the time to understand what the editor is doing.

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Name: Dreamweaver MX (code view ONLY)Price: FREE since I am Macromedia Partner ($399 retail)Platform: Windows and MacDescription: http://www.macromedia.com/software/dreamwe...8_datasheet.swfNotes: Although I have no problem coding in notepad, syntax highlighting allows me to be 10x more efficient. There is no substitute for seeing your code change color and/or highlight. Without it, you're eyes are tortured looking at b/w code searching for particular peices of code.Plus: I am a Cold Fusion developer so the additional integration elements makes it very nice.

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I personally think they are great for beginners if they actually take the time to understand what the editor is doing.
Unfortunately alot of people don't, and their site looks like a mess in other browsers because the code they automatically implement is dodgy.Syntax highlighting I still reckon is cheating, I'd rather do it manually. :)PS. I don't judge a site by how it is made either.with regards
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Syntax highlighting I still reckon is cheating, I'd rather do it manually. :)

I'm curious as to how you justify this as "cheating". I'm writing in the code, I only see code, and all I know is code. I have NO idea how to even use the WYSIWYG.I clicked the "quote" button to post this - did I cheat? Should I have typed all that manually?
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I'm curious as to how you justify this as "cheating". I'm writing in the code, I only see code, and all I know is code. I have NO idea how to even use the WYSIWYG.I clicked the "quote" button to post this - did I cheat? Should I have typed all that manually?
Yup - use Fast Reply down the bottom (my slow internet connection makes clicking on "add reply" take too long to reply to threads otherwise :)).with regards
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Here's two that I've come across that has been really helpful... Of the two below I really love using WeBuilder... has everything that the later has but a lot more for almost half the price... the editor is great when editing .php, and .js. Another nice feature of both is in their Inspector you can select which version of CSS to use... Level 1, 2, 2.1, mobile profile 1.0, or you select a specific brower. At the bottom of each as you select a property to edit it will tell you what browser will support it...Name : Bluementals Software WeBuilder 2006 (http://www.blumentals.com/ or http://www.blumentals.com/webuilder/)Price : $49.85 - I think this is a sale price, I forgot how much I actually paid but it was well worth it...Platform : WindowsDescription : "...features allow you to create and edit HTML, CSS, JavaScript, VBScript, PHP, ASP, SSI, Perl code ... ". I've been using this one for almost 6 months now, it's helped to learn HTML & CSS, has a nice Inspector so remembering tags and such is easier, has a code library for storing and reusing code, Code Explorer, built in support for W3C HTML Validator, HTML Tidy, Spell Checker, Code Completion, and a whole lot more. The FTP functionality works great for publishing/distributing the website/pages...The other...Name : NewsGator TopStyle v3.12 (http://www.newsgator.com/ or http://www.newsgator.com/NGOLProduct.aspx?ProdID=TopStyle)Price : $79.95Platform : WindowsDescription : "... written by the creator of HomeSite, the world famous HTML-editor. You can edit your HTML, XHTML and CSS in a single program. The program offers many unique features, including the option to upgrade your HTML documents by replacing outdated markup with equivalent styling. You can also convert HTML to XHTML and check your CSS syntax against multiple browsers, using a side-by-side preview. A harmonious colors feature allows you to easily create pleasant color schemes for your site and more. TopStyle Pro offers complete site management with the built-in File Explorer, clip libraries and resource manager and integrates with existing web authoring tools...."

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Title: NotepadPrice: FreePlatform: WindowsDescription:Simple, and free program that provides a helpful, and light inviroment for HTML, whilst having a functioning 'tab' button.

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I figure, if everybody listed off the following it would be very helpful:Name- PSpadPrice- FreePlatform it is hosted on (e.g. Windows, Linux, Mac, all of above)- Windows (not sure)Description- This is a 9/10 editor. I can validates my pages, color support, and others but when sometimes I validate them the special characters are transformed to apostrophies.

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