[sclug] Simple WYSIWYG HTML editor?

Dickon Hood sclug at splurge.fluff.org
Mon Mar 3 23:06:17 UTC 2008

Having read the rest of the thread with some morbid interest..:

On Mon, Mar 03, 2008 at 10:48:28 +0000, Adam Trickett wrote:
: 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.

... that's probably closest to what I've found.

: > 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).

For what little it's worth, most of www.bbc.co.uk's content (note: www,
not news) is written in Dreamweaver, based on templates that have been
hand-crafted by some very clever people who actually know what they're
doing, with a bunch of SSIs doing the interesting stuff around the edges.

>From what I can see, that's the best way of dealing with sites: write some
proper templates, hand them to someone probably clueless but with the
content required, and never edit them again.  Just repeat that cycle with
fresh copies of the templates and new content.

: * 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)
: Bluefish

vim.  It's what I write all mine in these days, although if you've ever
seen any pages of mine, I admit that's not much of an advert.

: 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.

Agreed, I think.

Dickon Hood

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