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Development HTML: new user!

Discussion in 'Software' started by bixie_62, 9 Jun 2006.

  1. bixie_62

    bixie_62 Active Member

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    hey all

    decided i'd learn HTML and i'd quite like some sort of program which allows me to input the code on one side of the screen and preview it on the other half.

    does such a program exist?

    thank you.
     
  2. Glider

    Glider /dev/null

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    Notepad on one screen, firefox on the other... Save left, refresh right ;)
     
  3. <A88>

    <A88> Trust the Computer

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    Dreamweaver?

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  4. Hepath

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    have to agree with first poster... :)

    1. Both are free - in fact any editor would do!

    2. You will have to hand crank all the html so you will learn things to put in, leave out and actually end up remebering things, rather than remembering how to drag an image on to the page.

    3. As you get more accustomed to it, you can graduate to applciations that will create the based HTML for you, and then see how rubbish some of them are, and how they could lead a new person in to bad techniques. Also how some of them wil create code that is *not* cross browser compatible.

    discuss..... :D
     
  5. c.u.later

    c.u.later New Member

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    a free editor I use is Webniac, always gives me the results I need, and can automatically add tags for u at the press of a button. you can write in 9 different coding languages, PHP, XML, CSS etc and it easily allows you to view changes by previewing in your browser of choice.

    Then get FF or another CSS browser open as well, and you can view everything as it should be before finding the hack to get it to work in IE :p

    c.u.later
     
  6. Atomic

    Atomic Gerwaff

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    Dreamweaver is hardly going to teach you HTML, unless you have code and WYSIWYG view...
     
  7. simon w

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    I started off with Notepad, IE (FF hadn't been born) and HTML Goodies ~8 yrs ago. Now I make a living out of it :)
     
  8. will.

    will. A motorbike of jealousy!

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    i used frontpage as my first outing into the world of web design.... It corrupted my way of looking at things for ages... No more.! I now build sites in dreamweaver, but I only really use the wysiwyg view for reference.. Its hardly accurate in the way it displays pages.. its like a mix between firefox and ie.
     
  9. Philipp

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    At the beginning (~4 years back) I used Notepad and IE to mess around with html. Now I use vi/vim/gvim (yeah, I know, there are easier editors around... :eyebrow: ) to code [x]html (and other stuff) and Mozilla/Firefix or Opera to preview the "finished" product. ;)

    I suggest using a separate editor, as - IMO - the all-in-one-we-help-you-to-code-thingys aren't that useful at all. :p Using a *really* simple editor is best for learning html, as you are supposed to *really* work with the code you produce and not just click around to "produce" something...
    If you want a simple editor that knows syntax-highlighting use jEdit. It works great and is simple to use. :thumb:

    Just my 2 cents
     
  10. Ramble

    Ramble Ginger Nut

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    While I think that's kind of pointless, I know Visual Studio does that with .net, and it should work for html.
     
  11. GuardianStorm

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  12. TekMonkey

    TekMonkey I enjoy cheese.

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    I still use Dreamweaver. I like the auto-complete function that display all the available parameters for a certain tag. It also allows you to FTP directly and makes it easy to keep track of a site's hierarchy.
     
  13. simon w

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    I spend about 90-80% of my time using vim. It's a great editor once you've learnt how to use it.
     
  14. John Cena

    John Cena New Member

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    When writing HTML, whether a newbie or not, you should NEVER use notepad. No one on a professional level uses it.

    For an example, when you have large html code and open it in notepad and then save it multiple times...it sometimes "messes" up and can corrupt your code.

    Good choices are:
    Dreamweaver 8 (visual studio 2005 is better but more expensive)
    Visual Studio 2005 (2005 and higher ONLY, 2003 and below messes up your code if you go into design mode)
    Frontpage (last resort)
    Other notepad editors like VIM and Notepad++

    The reason I say visual studio 2005 is better than DW is because it renders the output PERFECTLY. Even if you run server side code.
     

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