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03 IDE


..HTML is not a product that you can purchase.  It is a specification on how to
write web pages.  

This means that there is no Integrated Development Environement (IDE), such
as VB, C++, Delphi, and other languages.  However, since HTML pages are
simple text, any text editor on the market can be used to create web pages.

I have personally used NotePad extensively on my web pages.  It comes free
with Windows and allows your write compact HTML code.

I also have used NoteTAB, which is also a text editor but which costs only $10.
It provides highlighting of HTML keywords and comments, making it much easier
to review your code.  It also includes a spell checker and can open many files at
one time.  I've found these features to speed up my web page creation and
maintenance.

Other text editors which provide special features for HTML editing include
Macromedia Homesite, Coffeecup HTML Editor, Hippie and UltraEdit.

There are also some high-end HTML editors which provide many more features,
notably WYSIWYG - real time viewing of the results of your editing .  With
simple text editors you have to load your page into a browser to see the results
of your editing.  With WYSIWYG editors you need no other tool to check the
results.  Also, the high-end editors provide such features as web page templates,
mass changes to an entire web site of pages to maintain a certain look-and-feel,
automatic transfer of files to the server (synchronization), plus embeddment and
trial of CGI scripts.  Most large commercial sites use these kinds of editors.

Examples of high-end editors include Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft
FrontPage, Adobe GoLive, NetObjects Fusion and Hotmetal Pro.

Some excellent text and WYSIWYG editors, such as Arachnophilia, NoteTab Light
and 1st page 2000 are free.