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Best HTML editor to build web forms?

Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:58 am

What is the best HTML editor to build web application? What I mean is HTML editor that comes with a (relatively) comprehensive set of Form Object templates like radio button, HTML table (editable, like Excel), drop-down icon, etc, etc.

I've tried M$ FrontPage, but it doesn't satisfy me so far. I already have Windows version of Open Office (without JRE), but it doesn't come with a dedicated HTML editor (and building HTML page with OpenOffice Writer is quite a nightmare --it's a word processor anyway).

A friend of mine suggested Web Serif, but google search (whether using the keywords 'WebSerif' or 'Web Serif') has been fruitless so far. The best result I could get are this and this. Thus, I wonder whether the software called 'WebSerif' (or 'Web Serif') really exists; is there really such animal? :???:

How about Mozilla Composer? Is that good enough to design Web Form?

Or maybe I should use PHP IDE like Eclipse?

Any suggestion?
 
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:03 am

Notepad.

Best control, ease of use, cleanest (doesn't mess with your code) and you can validate your form to your hearts content.

For quickies though, I use Dreamweaver and write my own validation, because frankly DW's validation sucks, and it's bloated.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:12 am

pete_roth wrote:
For quickies though, I use Dreamweaver and write my own validation, because frankly DW's validation sucks, and it's bloated.


Thanks. Actually, it's gonna be quicky. By the way, does Dreamweaver come a comprehensive set of form objects?

On the other hand, what if I use a dedicated HTML Form Builder like PageBreeze? Has anyone ever tried it before? It seems to have a complete sets of Web Object, but what if I also want to insert picture, change the colors, make some fancy form title (well not that fancy, but the ability to use True Type Fonts is welcome), etc?
 
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:07 am

Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman wrote:
pete_roth wrote:
For quickies though, I use Dreamweaver and write my own validation, because frankly DW's validation sucks, and it's bloated.


Thanks. Actually, it's gonna be quicky. By the way, does Dreamweaver come a comprehensive set of form objects?

On the other hand, what if I use a dedicated HTML Form Builder like PageBreeze? Has anyone ever tried it before? It seems to have a complete sets of Web Object, but what if I also want to insert picture, change the colors, make some fancy form title (well not that fancy, but the ability to use True Type Fonts is welcome), etc?
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:23 am

I like Bluefish and/or Quanta. They're Linux apps and I don't know if there are Windows ports for them.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:27 am

I've been using dreamweaver for years and it does have a decent set of form building controls, but you can, as Matt said, edit it later to add what you need supposing DW doesn't have it.

I would really try to break your dependence on ANY app that does all the heavy lifting for you and learn HTML first, then use dreamweaver for those quick jobs.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:31 am

Kreshna Aryaguna Nurzaman wrote:
(well not that fancy, but the ability to use True Type Fonts is welcome), etc?


Using a font in your web page that is non-standard will require the user to download and install it somehow. This is not ideal. Learning CSS would bea good alternative for using fonts and styles that not all users (or at least your target audience) have access too.

In other words, say you use "dripping blood font 2.0" on your Halloween web page. Unless it's an image, everyone will see it as their default font or the css style sheet they have created for themselves.

http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol3/css_no15.htm

^^ That will show you how to use CSS to embed the font so it downloads with your html page. However, depending on the font it may annoy some people. I generally shy away from things like this.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 11:58 am

It appears that there are unstated conditions.

But you mught take a look at NVU

Open office does a credible job as an HTML page editor. It uses inline CSS and standard HTML styles and does allow direct coding for forms and such things. Use file->new and specify new HTML Document for a completely blank page.

But your big problem is going to figure out those 'ustated conditions' that have made your review of common options come up unsatisfactory.

Do keep in mind that there is no magic bullet, that a CMS or similar app may be more in line with what you need. On the other hand, cream or any other stright text editor with HTML recognition capability might be what you need. Can't tell from here.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 12:08 pm

Another thumbs up for DreamweaverMX.
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Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:46 pm

I kinda started to enjoy Visual Studio Web Developer express. It's free and does some error checking for you. Still I wouldn't recommend using it's UI and rely on intellisense. Other than that, it's nice completing, editor for those who know what they WANT to write.
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Re: Best HTML editor to build web forms?

Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:06 pm

Arrrrgggg Thread Resurrection!

I'm responding here because this seems to be the only thread in the forum that comes up when I search for HTML editor or web editor. After looking over some of these old suggestions, I decided to try BlueGriffon to write myself a website for my lab business.
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Re: Best HTML editor to build web forms?

Tue Aug 29, 2017 3:47 pm

My Domain host says they will run wordpress for free. Any favorite malware free web locations for finding wordpress templates?
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Re: Best HTML editor to build web forms?

Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:10 pm

I got a Joomla template from RocketTheme when making a site for a relative not too long ago; they have WP stuff too. It costs money, but it's supported and avoids the freeware/malware trap you alluded to. Their stuff loads slow on a weak connection, but that seems to be par for the course these days--thus be the price of fancy responsive layouts that play nice with everyone's little gadgets.

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