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The Lesser Known Tools
Last updated Oct 17, 2003.
We've covered the basic tools that are in a typical Web designer's toolbox. This is a list of additional applications for those who work on Web sites needing more applications as well as small, but powerful and useful tools for validating the Web site.
Macromedia Captivate (formerly RoboDemo) — Create Flash-based tutorials, presentations, and demos without using Flash's interface or scripting language. After creating the movie, Captivate can save the file as an .html file with a .swf for online viewing or as an executable. It's easy and fun to use.
RoboHelp — Create help systems and documentation for Web-based and desktop applications similar to the help files you see in any program when you click F1.
Omni Products Offers applications for the Mac that do diagramming, charting, outliner, and Web browsing.
Crystal Reports Generate different report types that are flexible and integrated with Web and windows applications.
W3C.org: The QA Toolbox - Validate XHTML, HTML, CSS, links, RDF, P3P, and logs with this free online service.
Liorean @ web-graphics.com - Grab the bookmarklets to view a Web site's style sheet and scripts. Drag them to your bookmarks / favorites and click on them whenever you want to put it into action. The bookmarklets have full comments for understanding how they work.
HTML Tidy - Clean markup with this fast and powerful tool, which can be integrated into some HTML programs.
Bobby Test Web pages using WAI (Web Access Initiative) and Section 508 guidelines. After running a Web site through Bobby, it reports problem areas needing fixing before considered compliant with the guidelines.
Cynthia Says This is another Web content accessibility validator for identifying errors relating to Section 508 and WCAG (Web content accessibility guidelines) guidelines.