Step 3: HTML Editors
Before you find out what a HTML Editor is, you need
to know what HTML is. HTML is an abbreviation for Hyper Text Mark
Up Language. This language is the behind the scenes code that
makes up web pages. HTML files are just normal text files... they
usually have the extension of .htm, .html, or .shtml. HTML documents
have two (2) parts, the head and the body. The body is the larger
part of the document, as the body of a letter you would write
to a friend would be. The head of the document contains the document's
title and similar information, and the body contains most everything
Example of basic HTML document Structure...
<head><title>Title goes here</title></head>
<body>Body goes here</body>
Now we can go on to learning about HTML Editors.
What is a HTML Editor? A HTML editor assists the
user in writing HTML code for web pages. Although HTML code can
be written and edited with any text editor such as Word Pad, Note
Pad or Microsoft Word, a special HTML editor is designed to be
more convenient. There are two flavors of HTML editors: text and
The text editors usually provide syntax highlighting,
toolbars and keyboard shortcuts for quick inserting of HTML tags,
assistants for some jobs or easy preview in the browser. Assistants
are usually provided for more cumbersome tasks like adding the
basic page construct or creating tables. Text editors require
at least a basic understanding of HTML and CSS for creating Web
WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Editors provide
an editing interface which looks the same way as the output displayed
in the Web browser. A WYSIWYG editor does not require the user
to have any HTML knowledge, which makes it a lot easier for the
average computer user to create a Web site.
Webmajestic's picks for the best HTML Editors are
Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft FrontPage. Either of these
html editors are perfect for creating professional web sites.
When shopping for either of these web design products ensure you
check out the auctions on eBay!.
A software store may have gotten surplus copies or wish to reduce
their software inventory due to an updated version of the software.
This will force the vendor to sell new copies of the software
at a reduced cost. There are also educational versions available
for students and schools. Remember that product upgrades are also
available for purchase. Before you bid on an auction, make sure
that the software description says the product is "new and in
a retail box".
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