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WYSIWYG html editors

Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:13 pm
by rsr
Wanted to get some advice on what WYSIWYG html editors that you could recommend.

Currently, our users are trying to edit the final "combined" html file from Awasu with with a WYSIWYG html editor.

Their first choice was Word but unfortunately Word reformats the entire file and adds "special" tags and CSS of its own. The result is a html document that does not have consistent formatting tags. ( Mainly having issues with bullets, spacings, indents and some special characters )

Thier other choices have been CoffeeCup and BestAddress. However these seem limited. They actually work quite well if you know how HTML and CSS formatting works. But our users do not know HTML and just need a simple Visual Editor that they can use to edit the final document (i.e. modify text, cut and paste text from other documents etc).

Our latest that we are currently experimenting with is DreamWeaver. It is proving to be best choice so far with regards to preserving the Awasu document formatting tags and adding new ones for any additional content when added to the file. However, DW might be overkill for the purpose.

Do you have any other recommendations or suggestions that would fit our requirements for a WYSIWYG html editor?

Re: WYSIWYG html editors

Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:12 pm
by support
rsr wrote:Their first choice was Word but unfortunately Word reformats the entire file and adds "special" tags and CSS of its own.

Yes, Word is notorious for doing this kind of thing. It causes havoc when people copy content out of Word and paste it into their blogging tool where it ends up in the feed XML and makes a real mess :|

rsr wrote:Thier other choices have been CoffeeCup and BestAddress.

I'm amazed CoffeeCup is still around. That was popular a *loooong* time ago :-)

rsr wrote:Do you have any other recommendations or suggestions that would fit our requirements for a WYSIWYG html editor?

To be honest, when I'm writing HTML I usually use a text editor and F5 in a browser :-) For bigger jobs I'll use HTMLKit since it lets me get down and dirty with the raw HTML when needed and for the really big jobs (like Awasu's help), I'll use DreamWeaver.

HomeSite was written by (ahem) a guy I know and I'm sure it's good although it's getting a bit old. Other than that, you might want to look at this page. And, of course, checking here as well... :-)

Re: WYSIWYG html editors

Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:57 pm
by kevotheclone
I never edit in WYSIWYG, so I don't have enough personal experience with WYSIWYG to give you a confident answer.

That said, MS Office 2003 and maybe other editions of Office has something called the "Microsoft Script Editor" under the Tools-->Macro menu that looks like it might work in WYSIWYG mode ok. I created a new HTML file and added/edited some things WYSIWYG-style and thankfully it didn't generate all of the Word-specific stuff; it looked more like plain old HTML.

Since you mentioned that you have Word you might have the "Microsoft Script Editor" too which means it's kind of like... free.

Also Microsoft has their free-even-for-commercial-use Express Editions. I just tried Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition in WYSIWYG mode today and once again it didn't seem to muck up the HTML (and yes I already had it installed).

Good luck and let's know your findings.

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:49 pm
by jerrymartin
When we first started developing Code Orange we looked at many html editors to model our own html editor after. Pagebreeze http://www.pagebreeze.com/download.htm was one of the better ones and it's free.

Of course when Code Orange is completed we hope you'll want to use it as it is an Html Editor, a Desktop Blogging Tool (in the fast lane), and imports data from Awasu reports, and a whole lot more. You can look at Code Orange here http://www.leadingedgesoftware.net/category/products/code-orange/