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Old 02-15-2008, 05:21 AM   #1
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Good HTML Editor

Can you guys ( & gals) recommend me a good html editor. Preferably lightweight and free/OS (since I only need to edit ebooks, not design websites). It doesn't have to be WYSIWYG, but I do need good find & replace capabilties.

I tried looking at the net myself. There is also a very nice wikipedia article comparing different programs, but with the myriad programs available I got a little lost. So what do you use/recommend?
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:04 AM   #2
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Doesn't an ordinary text editor suffice for the needs you describe? Have one window with the ebook/html and one with the browser. Press F5 whenever you change something.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:10 AM   #3
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Not really. Because I want syntax highlighting as well as the ability to easily creat TOC and such. Also I'm afraid that good (free) text editor are scarce as well (Notepad doesn't count).
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:26 AM   #4
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I am very fond of UltraEdit myself but it isn't free.

Still, a short search in Google does yield some syntax highlighting editors. Alternatively you might see if Nvu is something for you.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:32 AM   #5
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Well, vim is an excellent text editor, that supports syntax highlighting.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:37 AM   #6
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I use "Progammer's File Editor" (PFE). No syntax highlighting, but excellent search and replace facilities, and handles large (MB) files very well. It's free.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:45 AM   #7
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Try KompoZer, it's a WYSIWYG editor and a html editor (Open Source).
I myself am a fan of Bluefish, but I'm afraid it's Linux/MacOSX only.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:54 AM   #8
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I am very fond of UltraEdit myself but it isn't free.

Still, a short search in Google does yield some syntax highlighting editors. Alternatively you might see if Nvu is something for you.
I Prefer an edtior that can handle html natively. Meaning the editor will do most of the work regarding placement and such and I will fine tune the code afterwords. Still I looked at Nvu (well actually KOMPOZER, because they said Nvu is discontinued and KOMPOZER is Nvu with bug fixes) and it seems very good.

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I use "Progammer's File Editor" (PFE). No syntax highlighting, but excellent search and replace facilities, and handles large (MB) files very well. It's free.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I don't know if there is Vim for windows, and anyway I found out that while I'm not adverse to writing code, I much prefer to have my work cut out for me, meaning WISIWYG .

Edit: Didn't see IceHand post. Yes, That's what I am going with. Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:42 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I don't know if there is Vim for windows, and anyway I found out that while I'm not adverse to writing code, I much prefer to have my work cut out for me, meaning WISIWYG .
Vim is indeed available for Windows. I install it on just about any computer that I'm going to use with any regularity.

Also, I don't know how good it is, but Mozilla Seamonkey comes with a Composer that, I believe, is WYSIWYG, and that certainly is FOSS.
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:11 AM   #10
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Not really. Because I want syntax highlighting as well as the ability to easily creat TOC and such. Also I'm afraid that good (free) text editor are scarce as well (Notepad doesn't count).
Notepad++ does syntax highlighting but does not automatically create a TOC. I use either Notepad++ or emacs on my windows machines (emacs when I need a powerful search and replace). For true WYSIWYG I use Framemaker but it is certainly not free. Seamonkey composer is quick and easy but it changes things more that I would like as does WORD and some other converters.

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Old 02-15-2008, 10:31 AM   #11
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I use TextPad - the text editor for Windows that can be found at http://www.textpad.com/.

It has a free trial period so that you can evaluate it, but then requires payment.

It has regular expression search & replace, multiple files at once editing, HTML syntax highlighting, Unix/PC <LF><CR> handling and more ...

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Old 02-15-2008, 03:38 PM   #12
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I was going to also recommend Notepad++, but Dale beat me to it. Another editor that is even more customized for HTML is HTML-Kit.
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Old 02-16-2008, 04:04 PM   #13
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:57 PM   #14
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I use Adobe GoLive (WYSIWYG) and UltraEdit for source code. (Both are not free.) They are both excellent products.
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SeaMonkey!

It's the old Mozilla suite. Browser, editor, e-mail client and newsreader in one.

The WYSIWYG editor is great. It's how my son (at age 10) started coding HTML. He's since graduated to professional tools.

Free from Mozilla.org.

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