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Text Editors

Last updated Oct 17, 2003.

The cheapest thing to use is the plain text editor that comes with your computer like Notepad, which comes with Windows. There are a few free text editors available for downloading that have HTML tags for quicker entry. Some have the capability for simply inserting an <img> tag and automatically adding the width and height attributes. This saves time of opening the image and looking up its height and width.

This is a list of the more popular text editors:

  • HTML-Kit – A Windows editor that is customizable and allows authors to edit, format, validate, preview, and publish Web pages. It can handle XHTML and XML plus it has add-ins and plug-ins available to enhance the application.

  • NoteTab - Comes with a lite (free) and paid versions. Not only does NoteTab handle HTML code, but also it can search, replace, count, and handle many opened files with its tabbed interface. (Figure 1)

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  • UltraEdit – Text editor includes syntax highlighting, spell checker, CTag support, Cpiler support, binary and hexadecimal editing, and macros.

  • HomeSite – Macromedia's text editor product, which can handle XHTML and WML tags, project management and site deployment features, wizards, and a customizable interface (Figure 2).

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  • HotDog – There are several versions available, but Professional is the one used by most Web designers and Junior is for ages 6+. It features FlashWizard, Multilanguage support, and uses minimal computer resources.

  • BBEdit – The most popular text editor for those using Macs.

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  • Pagespinner – Another popular Mac HTML editor Figure 3).

Most, if not all, of these editors allow you to try before you buy or they have a free version. Dori Smith has a list of text editors for the Mac that are low cost or free.