from Wikipedia An HTML editor is a computer program for editing HTML, the markup of a webpage. Although the HTML markup of a web page
can be written with any text editor, specialized HTML editors can offer convenience and added functionality. For example, many
they also manage communication with remote web servers via FTP and WebDAV, and version control systems such as Subversion or
Git. Many word processing, graphic design and page layout programs that are not dedicated to web design, such as Microsoft Word
or Quark XPress, also have the ability to function as HTML editors.
Types of editors There are two main varieties of HTML editors: textual and WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors.
Text editors Text editors intended for use with HTML usually provide at least syntax highlighting. Some editors additionally feature
templates, toolbars and keyboard shortcuts to quickly insert common HTML elements and structures. Wizards, tooltip prompts and
autocompletion may help with common tasks.
Text editors commonly used for HTML typically include either built-in functions or integration with external tools for
such tasks as version control, link-checking and validation, code cleanup and formatting, spell-checking, uploading by FTP or
WebDAV, and structuring as a project. Some functions, such as link checking or validation may use online tools, requiring a
Text editors require user understanding of HTML and any other web technologies the designer wishes to use like CSS,
To ease this requirement, some editors allow editing of the markup in more visually organized modes than simple color
highlighting, but in modes not considered WYSIWYG. These editors typically include the option of using palette windows or
dialog boxes to edit the text-based parameters of selected objects. These palettes allow editing parameters in individual
fields, or inserting new tags by filling out an onscreen form, and may include additional widgets to present and select options
when editing parameters (such as previewing an image or text styles) or an outline editor to expand and collapse HTML objects
WYSIWYG HTML editors provide an editing interface which resembles how the page will be displayed in a web browser.
Because using a WYSIWYG editor may not require any HTML knowledge, they are often easier for an inexperienced computer user to
get started with.
The WYSIWYG view is achieved by embedding a layout engine. This may be custom-written or based upon one used in a web
browser. The goal is that, at all times during editing, the rendered result should represent what will be seen later in a
typical web browser.
WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mean) is an alternative paradigm to WYSIWYG editors. Instead of focusing on the
format or presentation of the document, it preserves the intended meaning of each element. For example, page headers, sections,
paragraphs, etc. are labeled as such in the editing program, and displayed appropriately in the browser.
Amaya is a Web editor, i.e. a tool used to create and update documents directly on the Web. Browsing features are
seamlessly integrated with the editing and remote access features in a uniform environment. This follows the original vision of
the Web as a space for collaboration and not just a one-way publishing medium.
Work on Amaya started at W3C in 1996 to showcase Web technologies in a fully-featured Web client. The main motivation
for developing Amaya was to provide a framework that can integrate as many W3C technologies as possible. It is used to
demonstrate these technologies in action while taking advantage of their combination in a single, consistent environment.
Amaya started as an HTML + CSS style sheets editor. Since that time it was extended to support XML and an increasing
number of XML applications such as the XHTML family, MathML, and SVG. It allows all those vocabularies to be edited
simultaneously in compound documents.
Amaya includes a collaborative annotation application based on Resource Description Framework (RDF), XLink, and
XPointer. Visit the Annotea project home page.
BlueGriffon is a WYSIWYG content editor for the World Wide Web. It is based on the discontinued Nvu editor, which in
turn is based on the Composer component of the Mozilla Application Suite. Powered by Gecko, the rendering engine of Firefox, it
can edit Web pages in conformance to Web Standards. It runs on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux.
BlueGriffon complies with the W3C's web standards. It can create and edit pages in accordance to HTML 4, XHTML 1.1,
HTML 5 and XHTML 5. It supports CSS 2.1 and all parts of CSS 3 already implemented by Gecko. BlueGriffon also includes
SVG-edit, an XUL-based editor for SVG that is originally distributed as an add-on to Firefox and was adapted to BlueGriffon.
A version without the CSS Stylesheet editor is free to download and is available on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux.
Many enhancements are available via add-ons. Most add-ons such as 'Project Manager', 'CSS Stylesheet editor',
'MathML Editor', 'Word Count' and 'FullScreen view/edit' must be paid for, while only two ('FireFTP' and 'Dictionaries') are
free to download.
CoffeeCup HTML Editor is an HTML editor. Originally created by Nicholas Longo and Kevin Jurica, it was first released
to the public in August 1996. Until version 12.5 released in 2012, it was capable of WYSIWYG editing.
(version 4.0, March 1997) and built-in FTP upload (version 5.2, February 1998).
It was voted Best Windows HTML Editor in the About.com Readers' Choice Awards two years in a row in 2011 and 2012.
KompoZer is an open source WYSIWYG HTML editor based on the now-discontinued Nvu editor. KompoZer is maintained as a
community-driven fork, and is a project on Sourceforge.
KompoZer's WYSIWYG editing capabilities are one of the main attractions of the software. In addition, KompoZer allows
direct code editing as well as a split code-graphic view.
The current pre-release is KompoZer 0.8 beta 3, released February 2010, using Gecko 1.8.1. The stable version
was 0.7.10, released in August 2007. The only regular developer said in June 2011 that development "is stalled at the
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