Free WYSIWIG Editor
January 19, 2005 11:58 AM   Subscribe

Free-WYSIWYG-HTML-editor-Filter: what is the best one, if indeed there exists one worth using? (My search of AskMe gave me nothing on this...)
posted by noius to Computers & Internet (14 answers total)
Nvu, based on Mozilla.
posted by Plutor at 12:08 PM on January 19, 2005

Response by poster: Nice! Fast answer too. Thanks Plutor. :)
posted by noius at 12:10 PM on January 19, 2005

What do you recommend for non-Linux users?
posted by cass at 12:30 PM on January 19, 2005

cass: Nvu is available for windows and mac. It is based on the old Netscape Composer.
posted by quam at 12:35 PM on January 19, 2005

It may or may not help much, but there was this thread on css editors which I found handy.
posted by picea at 1:43 PM on January 19, 2005

amaya is not bad, keeps getting better, and has binaries for mac, linux and win32.
posted by dorian at 2:18 PM on January 19, 2005

My first AskMe question. Neither free nor WYSIWYG, but perhaps helpful.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:19 PM on January 19, 2005

I just did a pretty extensive search on these recently, for a client who wanted to be able to edit their own content, and the basic issue is whether or not you want to be able to ignore the HTML source.

If all you want is a good HTML code editor that will allow you to see the results of your changes, in real-time, then there's a ton of options: Dreamweaver, Contribute, CoffeeCup HTML, Homesite...the list goes on and and on, and they all seem to do a decent job of letting you see what's going on. (As long as you're editing the HTML directly.)

If what you want, though, is to be able to edit a page without dealing with the underlying HTML--i.e., to do WYSIWYG editing--then forget about it. They all mangle your original HTML horribly, by putting in bracketed "p" tags when you're using "br"s, or ignoring your styles, or whatever.

I wouldn't really hold it against them if they didn't all swear up and down that they let you do WYSIWYG editing without hurting the original code. It's pretty obvious that you _can't_ really write a general HTML WYSIWYG-editing product that automatically adapts to any given coding conventions on any given page, but I wasted a lot of time trying to explain to a client why they couldn't have what all these different products were promising them. (Can you tell I'm a little bitter?)
posted by LairBob at 2:33 PM on January 19, 2005

there used to be an amazing pixel-perfect what-you-see editor that did not output horribly mangled code. it was called fusion.

I used to work for netobjects; then, they went out of business (got bought/disemboweled, whatever). ah well.
posted by dorian at 2:46 PM on January 19, 2005

Haven't thought about NetObjects Fusion for a looooong time. Turns out it still exists and is well reviewed by users on Amazon (currently Windoze only). Not free - $199.

Funny I haven't heard of it even mentioned for years and years.
posted by spock at 5:37 PM on January 19, 2005

holy crap, undead zombies?! now that is just a mite unsettling. I knew there was a branding transfer but not that the new management'd revived the actual product (for a while they were just using the brand to sell services)

the mac version never quite caught up to the windoze version back in the ur-zeit, neither -- it was always operating at a loss no matter how much we loved the rdf.
posted by dorian at 6:53 PM on January 19, 2005

(also, my contribution was basically the basis for that 'matrix builder' dealie. long may it suck.)
posted by dorian at 6:55 PM on January 19, 2005

I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but I've incorporated htmlArea into a webproject to allow the client to edit tutorials for their web application
posted by smcniven at 7:28 PM on January 19, 2005

Ah, ok, thanks, Quam. I couldn't find it on the site. Maybe I didn't read far enough. :)
posted by cass at 6:33 AM on January 20, 2005

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