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    What Editor Should i use...?

    Im told that FrontPage doesnt write very clean code yet its very simple to use....

    Iv never even seen DreamWeaver but i wanted to get some opinions on what Editor i should use while trying to create good sites for my Future customers....(I plan on starting a Web Design Business)

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    What editor you use is largely a matter of personal preference. I'd suggest going with something that allows you to have complete control over your source code (no cryptic, heavy coding added), yet has shortcut features and integrations that will allow you to create code fast enough to be practical.

    For starters, you might want to check out HTML-Kit. It's not a WYSIWYG editor and it's not notepad, but rather somewhere in between, with some very nice features to ensure proper syntax...well, I'll let you check it out. No point in listing all the features here when you can just visit the website .

    http://www.chami.com/html-kit/
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    I used to use FrontPage but I got out of it when I was told to be a true designer I should be able to write it using notepad. Now I'm using Dreamweaver and Notepad. I use Dreamweaver for the creation of the page, and when ever I need to change something minor like a script I use notepad.

    Dreamweaver has everything I need, and it's good for the setting up of websites which use lots of tables.

    But it doesn't just come down to the scripting tools you use when starting your business.

    You need to have good image tools as well. I use Xara X for almost every image. I make my websites as images (menus and stuff) and the slice it using Adobe ImageReady 3.0 which is a lighter version of photoshop and is good for optimizing images and slicing my sites (menus etc and exporting.

    Also make sure that you consider the legal side of setting up your business. I'm not sure what country you are from but here in Australia we can't trade unless we are a registered business. I'm in the proccess of registering my business and there are so many things you have to do, including your business plan.

    In the end it comes down to what you are comfortable with.
    PS: Could you include a url for an example of your capabilities?
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    I'm not a big fan of either Frontpage or Dreamweaver. I know Dreamweaver has its loyal supporters but it didn't do anything for me. I don't like WYSIWYG editors at all. I use Macromedia Homesite 5. It's definitely an advenced editor so if you're just starting it probably has a lot more than you will need right now. It supports most languages html,asp,perl,ect...
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    Homesite 5 ? I have never heard of it. I don't mind text editors but I have never found one that has support for asp and php . I'll have to look at it.
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    I checked out HTML-Kit last night -- quite impressive. I had been dreading converting some very old files using tag attributes to using CSS, and the conversion utility handled the job quite nicely.

    I've tried a variety of editors over the years but have always gone back to using emacs and Notepad. One evening's experience isn't enough to say I'll stick with this, but so far, I'm liking what I see.
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    My favorite is EditPlus (text editor but colors the code 99% of the time). I havent used a WSIWYG since I first learned how to write HTML but am thinking of trying on again for cross browser purposes since I am stuck in my IE only way.
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    Originally posted by Catman
    I checked out HTML-Kit last night -- quite impressive. I had been dreading converting some very old files using tag attributes to using CSS, and the conversion utility handled the job quite nicely.

    I've tried a variety of editors over the years but have always gone back to using emacs and Notepad. One evening's experience isn't enough to say I'll stick with this, but so far, I'm liking what I see.
    I especially like the integration of HTML Tidy and the quick conversion to XHTML. Also, check out the available plug-ins: http://www.chami.com/html-kit/plugins/ ; the list is quite impressive .
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    EditPlus gets my vote for favourite text editor...

    I've used tons of them, and so far EditPlus is the one I've stuck with.

    Check it out for yourself.

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    I use EditPlus, too. All I care about is syntax coloring. Especially when you can customize the coloring and fonts in the editor. Anything else is extra. I don't use a lot of the features, I just use the HTML toolbar. On it, I just have the following functions: New File, Open file button, The Comment Inserter, non-breaking space inserter, Save All, Find/Replace, and Preview In Browser. I also love the Word Wrap function. Most editors I've tried don't support this.

    EditPlus is pretty much like a spiffed up version of Notepad to me.

    <edit my="post" />Wow, this forum didn't display the text for the nonbreaking space I put in the above paragraph. That's weird. I replaced it with the words "non-breaking space"
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    If all your going to do are html files than dreamweaver would do. I am not a fan but it will get the job done. If you are going to do any programming than I would editplus too.

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    Not that I use Macs, but I work in a department where Macs reign supreme (please don't ask how this happened). Any recommendations on editors for this situation?
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    I do it all in either Edit-Plus or HTML-Kit... i stay well away from wysiwyg editors...
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    Wow, it seems like EditPlus is really popular among users of this thread!

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    What editor should I use...?

    I used a couple of text editors, Notetab light and a couple of others. I've also used Arachnophilia, which is kind of neat.
    I've also used Amaya, which I didnt' care for much.

    They work fine, but I eventuall switched to HTML-kit. I like the use of the tabbed toolbar to paste bits of CSS, HTML etc. as well as the tools like the 'color picker'. Speeds things up for me. That and the integration of tools like HTML Tidy as previously mentioned.

    My only experience with Front page is trying to edit a site that had been written by it. It was such a nightmare to edit , I just stripped the HTML entirely and start over.

    I've found that using text based editor or a variant like HTML kit has given me a better handle on how things work and I find I can generally trouble shoot a *lot* faster than when I used to use WSIWYG's many moons ago.

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