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How to Use Special HTML Editing Software

March 5th, 2010 Computer Eucation No comments

Throughout this book, you’ll learn to write HTML 3.2 documents with the simplest of tools: a text editor. Creating HTML documents with a text editor is the best way to learn the language. However, before you continue, you should know that there are a number of specialized HTML editing programs available. Some have graphical interfaces, others feature online help. All of them make creating HTML documents much easier. Once you’ve mastered the HTML basics, you may want to try out one of these programs. In this section, we’ll show you what you should look for in an HTML editor.

Many of the best HTML editors avail-able on the Internet are shareware. Shareware is a type of software marketing that allows you to try the soft-ware before you purchase it. If you decide that you like the software and want to keep it, you pay the author directly, according to the documentation supplied with the program. If you don’t like the program, simply delete it and forget it. Shareware is a great way to find a program that’s right for your tastes. Even if your favorite HTML editor doesn’t support the latest HTML tags and features, you can always add them later using Notepad. Because HTML files are plain text, you can work on your HTML documents with just about any editor you like.

Make sure the HTML editing software has support for all the HTML 3.2 features. If it doesn’t, you won’t be able to use all the cool HTML tricks you’ll learn in this book.

Look for toolbars and other features that make creating HTML easier. To create a markup tag, you can click on a button instead of typing it in. Many WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editors are now available. These allow you to see what your HTML document will look like as you’re putting it together. This feature will save you the trouble of having to load your page with a Web browser every time you want to see how things are progressing.

Another feature to look for is HTML syntax checking. Editors with this capability can check your document for HTML errors. Some will even fix the errors for you automatically. Many of the best HTML editors are available right on the World Wide Web as shareware. That means you can download them and try them out before buying them