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April 06, 2005

What do you use to edit HTML?

Quick quiz. What tool or tools do you use to work with HTML? Either Mac or Windows, I'm interested in people's tools of choice,



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Dreamweaver MX 2004. It's not perfect at /anything/, but, for someone who just wants one tool to handle it all (autocomplete markup and CSS, design-view editing, site mgt, strong find/replace tools), it does a good job.

Posted by: Stephen Clay | Apr 6, 2005 1:21:43 PM

Homesite 4.5, because we have DW4 and Homesite came with it. I use it more than DW. (WinXP)

Posted by: Joseph Lindsay | Apr 6, 2005 1:24:41 PM

BBEdit, and the text editor in Transmit if I need to edit something on the server quickly.

Posted by: neil | Apr 6, 2005 3:00:33 PM

BBEdit, in a word. Couldn't get by without it, though their CSS handling was a bit outdated until recently.

I use DreamWeaver too, but almost never as an editor, only for the site management features. When I forget and try to use it as an editor, I always end up weeping in frustration and going back to BB...

Posted by: john | Apr 6, 2005 3:04:37 PM

Note for neil -- BBEdit AND "the text editor in Transmit"? Change your preferences, hit Apple-J and BBEdit IS the editor in Transmit!

Posted by: john | Apr 6, 2005 3:08:22 PM

A combination of BBEdit and Dreamweaver. I use Dreamweaver if i'm writing from scratch or copying and pasting from Word or Excel. BBEdit to edit existing HTML files and CSS stuff.

Posted by: Dan | Apr 6, 2005 4:00:17 PM

On windows : html-kit and jEdit

Posted by: gregr | Apr 6, 2005 4:18:46 PM

jEdit, exclusively. I used BBEdit up to version 7, but 8 was way to slow for me. jEdit doesn't have that polished "look, I'm a Mac app!" look and feel that BBEdit has, but it makes up for it by being a programmer's editor (which is great, as I do (X)HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and Perl), obscenely expandable, cross-platform (so I can run it on the PC as well) and open-source. I was a bit hesitant to start out with a Java app (!), but now it's my editor of choice.

Oh, and you *can* replace those pig-ugly toolbar icons with something better-looking. =]

Posted by: Max | Apr 6, 2005 5:10:44 PM

BBEdit 8 was way _too_ slow for me. Doh.
(blame it on a lack of coffee and English not being my native tongue) =]

Posted by: Max | Apr 6, 2005 5:12:22 PM

DWMX2004 and TopStyle 3.10
Over the last years I just used Homesite, but DW isn't ass buggy when working with UTF-8 and PHP includes...

Posted by: Marcel Fahle | Apr 6, 2005 6:06:54 PM

Dreamweaver MX 2004(win) with liberal sprinklings of DMXTidy to keep things in check!

Posted by: Michael Ward | Apr 6, 2005 6:40:53 PM

TextPad and NVu on windows. I develop Lotus Domino web apps (something like asp or coldfusion and it has its own IDE) and usually get html design from our designer. Then I need to thoroughly clean the code that was spitted out of DW. Nothing beats the simple TextPad for spring cleaning.

Posted by: Romano Soprano | Apr 6, 2005 7:39:56 PM

BBEdit. It doesn't suck.

Posted by: Jeremy Keith | Apr 6, 2005 7:56:30 PM

Textwrangler, SubEthaEdit and Cyberduck. They're free.

Posted by: faedera | Apr 6, 2005 8:32:06 PM

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX for Windows. I've been using DW since version 3 and it's still my tool of choice.

Posted by: Merlac | Apr 6, 2005 8:50:14 PM

I use Dreamweaver MX 2004, Homesite 5 and HTML-Kit, but primarily DW. For CSS editing, I use StyleMaster 4, which has replaced my previous preference of TopStyle.

Posted by: Robin Kirkey | Apr 6, 2005 9:05:44 PM

it's dw for "quick 'n' dirty have a first look"-works, but most of time i use bbedit (and style master 4 of course)

Posted by: lutz | Apr 6, 2005 10:26:00 PM

For all my XHTML work, it has to be Altova's free XMLSpy (Home Edition). ( www.altova.com )
It has all the typical IDE features except WYSIWYG (who needs it when you're separating content from presentation :P), but on-the-fly DTD validation makes up (or is that: "marks up" :D) for all that.

Posted by: Shaun O'Connell | Apr 6, 2005 10:34:00 PM

HomeSite 5.5(+) for pure xHTML coding, TopStyle 3.11 for CSS, Dreamweaver MX2004 in "code mode" when I need to "see" a page while coding, Notepad2 for quick text edits, and CSE HTML Validator 6.53 for identifying problems and streamlining code. Also-not specifically a code tool-Screen Calipers 3.1 are great for onscreen pixel measurement. Firefox Web Developer Extension is also enormously useful in several respects.

Posted by: David Sims | Apr 6, 2005 10:34:12 PM

TextMate or BBEdit - I'm just in that transition zone switching from BBEdit to TextMate. Some features in BBEdit are indispensible (such as source formatting using the simple Dreamweaver style format files which are easy to tweak to my preferences - TextMate has Tidy, but I hate its formatting) but TextMate has some great features missing from BBEdit (better multiple file handling which is great for handling complete projects, and code folding). I use Transmit for SFTP access to servers, interfaces well with both editors.

Posted by: chrisp | Apr 6, 2005 10:46:03 PM

EditPlus. I've used it for years and everybody I've recommended it to love it.

Posted by: Stephen Bunt | Apr 6, 2005 10:54:56 PM

skEdit. After trying most of the Mac text editors I found skEdit on Jon Hicks site, and have loved it ever since. It also allows editing of files through SFTP, a very useful feature.

Posted by: Ryan S | Apr 6, 2005 11:23:28 PM

BBEdit, all the way. (x)HTML, CSS, JS. Whatever you got.

Posted by: Chris Moritz | Apr 7, 2005 1:13:06 AM

I use skEdit. Though it does have its quirks, for the most part I like it better than any text editor I've used, except BBEdit. However as a young designer, I'm not exactly making the dough that affords one hundreds of dollars to spend on software.

Posted by: Greg Hinch | Apr 7, 2005 1:13:15 AM

Emacs - on any platform. But then I've been a mainly Unix (Linux) geek for ten years already.

Posted by: ramin | Apr 7, 2005 2:35:17 AM