HTML Editors
RTB Creation Conference
June 24, 2000
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Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the language of the Internet. The language is composed entirely of text. Some of the text are commands (enclosed within "<>" characters). Images are separate files that are called through HTML commands. For example, the beginning of this page actually looks like this:

<meta http-equiv=
"Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=windows-1252">
<meta name=
"Description" content="How to build a Christian apologetics website for little or no money.">
<meta name=
"KeyWords" content="webmaster,webmaster resources,free,web,website,URL,domain,hosting,Christian,apologetics">
<meta name=
"Author" content="Richard Deem">
HTML Editors</title>
a { color: blue }
a:hover { color: red }
a:visited { color: purple }
a:active { color: lime }
<table border=
"1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="520" bordercolor="#000080">
<tr><td align=
"center" bgcolor="#000000" height="320" width="480">
<center><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="520" height="360" bordercolor="#000080">
<tr><td align="center" bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<img border="0" src="../images/columnposter.gif" width="76" height="360">
</center><td bgcolor="#FFFFFF">
<b><font face="Arial Rounded MT Bold" color="#000000" size="6">HTML Editors</font></b>

If you know the HTML language, you can use any text editor to create your pages. However, if you are like the rest of us, you would like to code your pages as you would with a word processor. The commercial HTML editors are generally the easiest to use, although they range in cost from $50-$300. Most sites allow you to download a demo of the program so that you can compare features before you actually buy the product. If you are on a budget, try one of the free HTML editors listed above. CoffeeCup Free HTML is the most popular, but is somewhat limited compared to the full version. If you own Microsoft Word, you can create web pages by selecting the "Save as HTML" option. However, I have found that this produces really bad code that is difficult to change. In addition, you still need to make links between your pages, something that is difficult to do using Microsoft Word.

I use Microsoft FrontPage 2000, which costs $150 ($50 for upgrade). It offers drag and drop linking and image placement and WYSIWYG editing, in addition to built-in uploading ability and site maintenance tools (i.e., broken links testing). I have tried DreamWeaver, which offers more DHTML effects, but it is considerably more expensive ($299).
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