View Full Version : Quick Q's Your Prefered WYSIWYG
08-25-2004, 08:59 AM
ok assuming that you know the underlying code and you choose to use a WYSIWYG editor what would you use it for: to do the whole site or to scratch out the basic form and then fine tune by hand?
and being that there are quite a number of editors out there what would you prefered editor of choice be and why?
I look forward to your responces
08-25-2004, 12:05 PM
I use FrontPage 2003, to basically layout the page and do quite a bit of the coding by hand.
I know a lot of people don't care for FP, but I like it and have had a lot of success with it, as a "tool" to design the site, while at the same time trying to learn the underlying code so I can make adjustments by hand as needed, and so I can inlcude scripts & snipits that FP does not handle.
08-25-2004, 05:21 PM
I always try the latest Dreamweaver demo but I just don't see the benefits (for me personally) over hand-coding. I can knock up a template faster by hand than I can using WYSIWYG.
Also, I can't afford Dreamweaver what with my total savings ammounting to........£7.58.
Anyone willing to offer a job. Or free money?
08-26-2004, 02:16 AM
thank you to those that responded, i honestly thought i would get a little better feed back on that one so as to give me some idea what direction to go in but hay you can't win them all, ah well i guess its back to the old trial and error and see how things pan out.
08-26-2004, 05:50 AM
wintev, I'm guessing the reason behind the low response is that the question itself has been asked so many times. Here's a selection of previous discussions on this same theme... well worth a read through, there are lots of good observations and points made! :o)
WYSIWYG editors (http://www.webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=4468)
Do You Hand Code or use WYSWYG editors? (http://www.webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=4868)
FrontPage vs Dreamweaver (http://www.webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=5219)
Which wysiwyg HTML editor do you use? (http://www.webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=5389)
Frontpage or Dreamweaver - HELP needed! (http://www.webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=20064)
Which is the best WYSIWG editor? (http://www.webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=9033)
Hope that helps,
08-26-2004, 08:10 PM
thanks paul, your probably right. thanks for the links i apprechiate it,
There's a program that I've been using for around 5 years, have built 4 websites with it, all running with no problems.
It's an incredibly easy program to use - you start with what looks a bit like a word processor and a blank page.
Where you want writing, you just drag the mouse to create a little box, type in in - done. You can change fonts, sizes and color.
For images, click import, find the image, double click it. It now sits on the page, use the mouse to drag it to wherever you want it. Like the text you can stretch or shrink it with the mouse (with the text you're adjusting the text box, to adjust the text itself you do exactly what you would in Word or any other WP)
More text? Just type in the box or create a new box.
To add scripts, ie lumps of HTML that you need to stick on your site, click the 'insert html' button, paste the code into the little window that pops up, click enter.
You now have a little square marked html that you can simply move around with the mouse.
click preview and see how it all looks without the guidelines etc.
By this time the kettle has boiled so go make a coffee. The program is called Coolpage, costs $28.
I honestly wouldn't consider using anything else. In fact when I recently moved to another country and had to download the freebie version for updates, I forgot the free version places adds on the page. Rather than spoil my main site I simply didn't update it until I got a problem with my credit card sorted - so for 3 months the site was not updated.
Why did I not use anything else?
Because I have not a clue about HTML, no idea how any of it works and no particular desire to learn either.
If you had to write some code each time to change channels on the TV, or could just use the remote, what would you do?
Besides, simple sites are better sites, so if keeping it simple, why do you need anything else?
My only problem with the program is I do not know how to adjust the 'alt tags' for images, which apparantly helps with SE's. That's OK, I rarely use images - a simple site is indeed a better site..
I also now have a back-up copy of the program ;o)
Just type 'Coolpage' into your favourite search engine.
Having said all that, I use CoreFTP or CuteFTP to upload (just use the "export to html" button, then upload the html with an FTP program) Why? Because lovely as it is, I noticed last year that Coolpage place a single pixel transparent gif on each page.
I don't know exactly what it's doing, some kind of tracking thing or adware I suppose but I upload the HTML without that little gif.
You can use the free version forever but it places a little 'Coolpage' advert, complete with annoying sound effect if you move your mouse over it.
Hope that helps
09-07-2004, 01:42 PM
Do you, by chance, WORK for coolpage?
09-09-2004, 05:12 PM
The only thing I can think of for which I have seriously used a WYSIWYG editor (although I still maintain that that *is* what a text editor is) in the past is to HTMLize large amouts of tabular data. Excel and OpenOffice's spreadsheet tool can both do it, but I seem to recall FrontPage actually doing a good job at producing clean tables from Excel spreadsheets.
I haven't done it in quite a while though, since generally when I have large amounts of tabular data I'm pulling it out of a database anyway...