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    HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    Can anyone suggest a good (simple) HTML editor? I was thinking a 2-tab notepad style program. One tab where you could type in HTML code and the 2nd tab to view the results. Would be cool if the program could color-code errors. A nice Help system would be a good addition.

    I like the way that the VB-Editor in Excel allows you to type in all lower-case and then capitalizes the code when you hit the [Enter] key. This helps let you know that you're doing okay. An HTML program that acted in a similar way would be helpful.

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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    Hi Ricky

    Well I can give you one of the two and I think you may have number two.

    When I teach this subject, we use notepad <img src=/S/snore.gif border=0 alt=snore width=32 height=15> but I have begun to use Textpad I then use a half screen to write the code and use the other half for my browser. Each time I save the textpad document I F5 or refresh my browser.

    Cheap and very cheerful....I should wait for the <!profile=AlanMiller>AlanMiller<!/profile> freeware search engine to come up with something if you want an all singing dancing application


    ...but while you wait Free HTML Editors all untested but fill ya boots Ricky <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    This Cycline3 Jesse6 is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and supposed to be easy to use. Don't have personal experience with it.

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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    Hey Jezza Bear.

    I followed the link you provided and dowloaded two different freeware apps, Matrix Y2K and EZPad 3.0. I've been tinkering with Matrix for about 15 minutes and it seems to fit the bill very nicely.

    Matrix has an editor pane and a preview pane so you work and see your work without leaving the application. It has an html tag library and many more features that I haven't dug into, yet. One thing that appears to be missing is an easy way to see what some tags actually do. For example, you should be able to scroll the tag list, make a selection (like <TT></TT>) and a tooltip or window appears that would explain the usefulness of the tag. This would be a good teaching tool...

    I haven't tried EZPad yet but the screeshots and the introduction on the authors website looked promising.

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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    Glad I could help

    I have downloaded Web Notepad and fits my <img src=/S/nerd.gif border=0 alt=nerd width=20 height=21> needs completely, I'll check out the other ones as the students always ask.

    I never, never use product tag lists as they become out of date very quickly as tags become deprecated. I use this link in my Favourites www.w3.org as my definitive list.
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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    > I should wait for the AlanMiller freeware search engine to come up with something

    I think there's a fair selection covered already. It's a difficult area to make any definitive recommendations. There's a ton of <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> stuff out there, but also a ton of variables and user requirements to consider. I have noted that common criticisms include WYSIWYG that's not, and non-compliant W3C HTML code generation. I guess these are things to consider in trying to whittle down the possibilities.

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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    >WYSIWYG that's not

    Totally agree, useful tool to give you an interpretation of what you want but there is nothing like the real thing...the browser window. As you say, freeware is great , but you gets what you pay for and it best to test.
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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    I don't think it's a matter of price (or absence of) here. I've heard the same criticisms across the board for both commercial and freeware. I think the issue is complicated by browsers themselves using different (non-compliant) features, and the editing software trying to (unsuccessfully) address this, as well as maybe introducing it's own brand of rendering with its WYS(could be something like)WYG. IMHO, the only way to be sure is to have one of the validators check out the code/ website AND to test in all the target browsers, at all resolutions, color depths etc. etc. Quite a job in all.

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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    And what about good, old Arachnophilia ?

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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    I know I'm late to this party, but I wanted to mention that I have used NoteTab Text Editors and HTML Editors for several years, mostly as a replacement for Notepad. I use the freebie. You can set the F8 and Shift-F8 key to use either of two browsers to view your code. I don't really use it much for HTML so I don't know anything about coloring or errors and such. Just might want to at least add it to the list of freebies.

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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    I quite liked it in its earlier days, when it was one of the best freebies around. Gave up on it when it went Java-based, and some rather better (IMO) free programs appeared. I also stopped using it on principle, after some "run-ins" I had with its author, over several counts of incorrect information he gave on subjects unrelated. Without wanting to push at Rules 9, 11 and/ or 18, you can get the idea from a search of Google Groups. Enuff said <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16>

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    Re: HTML Teacher / Editor / Viewer

    Ricky

    I was surfing around and I found this little gem. An open source WYSIWYG and HTML tabbed application Nvu
    It appears to be a multi-platform application for Linux, Mac and Windows. It had a few good write ups from various techy sites so it maybe worth a visit
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