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good, free html editor needed

 
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I'm looking for a good, free WYSIWYG html editor. CSS support is crucial, js debugging would be a great-to-have. Any suggestions? I haven't been in the front-end world for a long time.

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Never found one that even comes close to your specs, whether free or commercial.

I instead write everything by hand the old fashioned way, using VI (not joking).
 
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Guess I fall somewhere in the middle. I ain't gonna let any WYSIWYG tool write my code for me, but I don't want to have to fight with my editor either.

I really like Homesite. Not free, but relatively cheap. Helps you write HTML without getting in your way.
 
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You are not going to find JS debugging an an editor. But if you want to debug JavaScript you need to use Firefox with the venkman debugger and use the Firebug extension.

MS has the JavaScript Debugger, but it is not worth trying to figure that out since they want you to use Visual Studio to do it and stopped supporting it.

Google has an editor, but people say the markup on it is really bad. Most WYSIWYG editors lack on CSS front. Plus I have not used a WYSIWYG editor in ages since I use Edit Plus 2 and notepad.

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[ June 12, 2006: Message edited by: Eric Pascarello ]
 
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It's disappointing the html editors haven't progressed tremendously since..well, since I was Eric's age.

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They have, you just have to pay big bucks for dreamweaver.

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I'm not so sure, Eric: at least the free ones don't seem to have done so. I'm thinking DW about $400?

Eric, Bear: do you guys think it's a worthwhile investment for a hobbyist?

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Weaverslave and Phase 5 are good Freeware Editors. For JS-Debugging: Firefox console
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When I do web development, I tend to stick to a combination of Edit Plus 2 and Firefox/IE (its amazing how many pages look completely different in one browser to another when CSS comes into the mix). I can never quite trust a WYSIWYG editor - I'm paranoid that they'll just produce a file full of junk code. I expect that many can produce decent code, but I can't trust a machine to be as elegant as a human.

I'm yet to find one which will let me step through JavaScript code though. That would be extremely useful. Obviously more useful (and satisfying) would be the complete destruction of that travesty of a "language" and for it's writers to be locked up in stocks for a month while we can throw soggy bits of paper covered in JavaScript errors at them.
 
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HTML-Kit, not a WYSIWYG but has tonnes of plug-ins, most of which I haven't looked at so maybe it's now an option.
 
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The open source NVU HTML editor is worth a look.
 
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Anybody tried WebDwarf??
 
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
I'm yet to find one which will let me step through JavaScript code though. That would be extremely useful. Obviously more useful (and satisfying) would be the complete destruction of that travesty of a "language" and for it's writers to be locked up in stocks for a month while we can throw soggy bits of paper covered in JavaScript errors at them.




You better download Firebug!

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Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
You better download Firebug!

Eric

Aha! That looks worth a look, cheers.
 
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try this
 
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Microsoft got a tool called Visual web developer, as per the name, it might do the things you wants. try and let me know, and if u give it 95+ marks, i'll not worry to give a try

http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/vwd/
 
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