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From: "Thomas Dowling" <tdowling at ohiolink.edu>
To: "Web4Lib" <web4lib at webjunction.org>
Subject: Re: [WEB4LIB] Favorite HTML editor and page authoring software?
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 08:25:09 -0500
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>Although most of my HTML is done in a text editor, I'm thinking of
>a program that will help write cgi scripts, as I'm told Front Page does.
FrontPage helps with CGI scripts? I wasn't aware of that--I thought it
only steered you toward ASP.
>Would anyone care to recommend their favorites, or steer me clear of the
>ones they found difficult or frustrating to use?
>Ideally, I want to have one that will allow me to "resist" its
>about my current HTML. I've found that with Pagemill and some other
>web writing software, if you take an existing, reasonably clean HTML page
>and try to add new text in the editor, it will also alter all your
>previous tags, even if your HTML works and is is relatively clean. (For
>example, I find that existing tables will get new spacing because some
>editors insist that a <P> tag start all text within a <TD> box.
The last time I tested this, every graphical HTML editor I tried, except
one, made substantive (and usually invalid) changes to my markup without
telling me. The one exception was HoTMetaL Pro. Several tag-based
editors were happy to open my existing HTML and save it without silently
revising my markup.
I originally posted this to Web4Lib in September of 1997, and it's in the
looked at some of the available editors again last fall and didn't observe
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