[sclug] Simple WYSIWYG HTML editor?

Adam Trickett adam.trickett at iredale.net
Mon Mar 3 10:48:28 UTC 2008

On Monday 03 Mar 2008, John Stumbles wrote:
> Can anyone suggest a simple WYSIWYG HTML editor?

No, fundamentally I don't believe such a thing exists. They all screw up your 
HTML at best, and wreck everything at worst. Personally I think you are 
better off with a source editor, though I agree it's nice to have something 
that helps you out, e.g. Quanta+ or Bluefish.

> I'm just thinking surely there's something better?

Your options are:
* Dreamweaver (pay your money and hope it works on WINE, or dual boot or run 
Windows in a VM).
* Mozilla Composer (not much development I believe)
* Nvu (Spin off from Composer, though I believe development has died also)
* Kompozer (Spin off from Nvu)

Source Editors:
HTML-Kit (Windows software that runs under WINE)
Quanta+ (KDE)

Sorry to sound negative, but editing HTML properly is something that should be 
done in the RAW, it's the only way to get acceptable and repeatable results. 
If you don't want to lean HTML, then don't make web pages. HTML isn't hard 
either, the basics are fairly straight forward.

Adam Trickett
Overton, HANTS, UK

I guess that, if you're in Microsoft's shoes, it makes sense. If you
can't write software or protocols that can stably walk and chew gum,
program in a limit that prevents the user from telling it to do so.
   -- Jonathan Patschke, on limitations in Active Directory
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