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effpeetee
06-08-2007, 04:32 PM
Hello coders.

At present I use a WYSIWYG HTML editor with Vista Home Premium. I would like to change to a less helpful type. Preferably free (as I am on a state pension) and with some useful features.

Can someone give me some suggestions, (NO! not that sort of suggestion!)
as to what to try.
Thank you in advance.

effpeegee. (Frank)

ahallicks
06-08-2007, 04:57 PM
Notepad++ (http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/notepad-plus/) is the best free HTML editor out there as it colours your code, gives hints and has some awesome plugins... but it's very simple to use and is basically a jazzed up version of notepad.

Donkey
06-08-2007, 05:34 PM
I use Matrix Y2K (http://www.crystalfibers.com/), it also colours your code, you can use it for HTML, CSS, PHP etc., and in XHTML or HTML mode it has a built in code checker which seems to be as strict as the online validator so you can check your code with a single click as you design. I find this saves a lot of time, then when I've finished the page normally passes the online validator without any changes.

effpeetee
06-08-2007, 05:51 PM
I use Matrix Y2K (http://www.crystalfibers.com/), it also colours your code, you can use it for HTML, CSS, PHP etc., and in XHTML or HTML mode it has a built in code checker which seems to be as strict as the online validator so you can check your code with a single click as you design. I find this saves a lot of time, then when I've finished the page normally passes the online validator without any changes.
Unfortunately, it does not run on Vista Home premium. I have tried but wthout success.

Thanks anyway. I'll keep my eye open for an upgraded version.

effpeetee

effpeetee
06-08-2007, 06:31 PM
Notepad++ (http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/notepad-plus/) is the best free HTML editor out there as it colours your code, gives hints and has some awesome plugins... but it's very simple to use and is basically a jazzed up version of notepad.
I have downloaded Notepad Lite which seems very promising. I will download Notepad ++ and see which I prefer. Vista causes quite a few problems, especially with freebie programs.

Many thanks for your input.

effpeetee (Frank)

ess
06-08-2007, 06:45 PM
How about JEdit. There are loads of plugins for it and support most scripting/programming languages.

Plus, you can save your JEdit configurations on a USB...and be able to take it with you and use it on any Operating System that supports Java.

Moreover, you can use superabbers for the purpose of creating snippets and quick complete tasks to speed up your coding process. Here is a tutorial on how you can do just that

http://www.ifakedit.com/log/2006/02/19/jedit-tutorial-a-how-to-on-abbreviations-superabbrevs-in-html-ruby-on-rails-and-more/

Cheers,
Ess

effpeetee
06-08-2007, 07:01 PM
I am just now looking into 'Web-o-Rama which looks a likely candidate and appears to work well with Vista.

http://www.kevingunn.com/

effpetee

navyfalcon
06-09-2007, 01:05 AM
First you must decide what you need in a HTML Editor.
The minimum I would suggest is it be able to handle HTML, CSS, and Scripts.
Second you must decide on what options
I would suggest WYSIWYG because that is what you are used to, also I would suggest HTML Tidy (a program by Dave Ragget that automatically corrects code) and another option that automatically converts HTML to CSS. Also that it has a good help file or tutorial. If these will meet your needs then I suggest "First Page 2006" at "http://www.evrsoft.com/" which will meet these requirements. Hope this helps falcon

effpeetee
06-09-2007, 12:12 PM
First you must decide what you need in a HTML Editor.
The minimum I would suggest is it be able to handle HTML, CSS, and Scripts.
Second you must decide on what options
I would suggest WYSIWYG because that is what you are used to, also I would suggest HTML Tidy (a program by Dave Ragget that automatically corrects code) and another option that automatically converts HTML to CSS. Also that it has a good help file or tutorial. If these will meet your needs then I suggest "First Page 2006" at "http://www.evrsoft.com/" which will meet these requirements. Hope this helps falcon
Thank you, but I already have this one and the one that I use is better anyway. It is just that the drag and resize produces lousy code which I subsequently need to correct. That is why I was looking for an editor which just facilitates code entry. Web-0-Rama seems, at least at first glance, to satisfy these conditions. Only time will tell,

The other program will certainly be of use. Thank you for suggesting it.

effpeetee

Barking-Gecko
06-09-2007, 02:44 PM
Cse Html Validator is pretty good.

It has a free lite version and might do the job for you :D

http://www.htmlvalidator.com/ (http://www.htmlvalidator.com/)

I think I am almost becoming a salesman for this product. Lol.

Cheers

effpeetee
06-09-2007, 05:36 PM
Thank you, but I already have, and use this program.
What I am looking for is an HTML/CSS editor with some helpful facilities.

At present I use a WYSIWYG HTML editor with Vista Home Premium. I would like to change to a less helpful type. Preferably free (as I am on a state pension) and with some useful coding features. So far I have tried at least six programs, but they all seem so busy on screen and there is no room for the page.

Something like Notepad with Key shortcuts to enter the code. Thank you for your help. I share your liking and respect for the CSEHTML validator.

Regards.

effpeetee (Frank)

whizard
06-09-2007, 06:17 PM
I don't know about keyboard shortcuts for editing code, but something that works well for me (Vista Home Premium) is Crimson Editor (http://www.crimsoneditor.com/). I don't know if that helps you or not, but...... whatever

HTH
Dan

effpeetee
06-10-2007, 12:13 AM
I don't know about keyboard shortcuts for editing code, but something that works well for me (Vista Home Premium) is Crimson Editor (http://www.crimsoneditor.com/). I don't know if that helps you or not, but...... whatever

HTH
Dan
Hello Whizard.

Thanks for the suggestion, but I do want something more than a simple word processor. That is why I want short cuts for the code. I am 82 years old and my sight and short term memory are not very good.
I have just removed the Vista Home Premium from my PC. Lots of trouble with the Permissions. Finally, this evening, my website would not let me access it.
"YOU DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION" it tells me. I have spent nearly four hours removing Vista and re-instaling XP Pro and then changing the permissions on the website. I have only just got the site up again. I wish I had never seen Vista.

Sorry about the moan. I just needed to let off steam.

Regards,

effpeetee (A little the worse for wear.)

whizard
06-10-2007, 04:12 AM
We all have days like that.. don't feel bad! :thumbsup:

Hope you find the right editor for your needs!

Dan

MarkWiseman
06-10-2007, 04:57 AM
I use html-kit. It is fabulous, lots of options for short cuts, good user community, optional plug-ins and good customisability. No WYSIWYG.
I love it. I am a coding novice.



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