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zami
July 25th, 2006, 12:52 AM
Hello all!

Does anyone have a HTML editor to recommend?

I'm looking for something

- that will color the code, just for visual what-the-heck-am-I-looking-at-ness

- is text based and not WYSIWYG (I just don't jive with those, not sure why!)

- has a preview pane or tab. (And I mean IN the program, not a save and veiw in browser option. I really want to be able to veiw both my code and my result at the same time.)

- must be free, or have a trial time and cost less then $50 (Am I cheap, or poor? heh, I'll let you decide :D )

I've seen both nvu (possibly mangling the name!) and Bluefish listed elswhere. But nvu is a WYSIWYG editor and Bluefish doesn't have a preveiw mode, so I'm still hunting.

Thanks for any advice!

-zami

twotonz
July 25th, 2006, 12:59 AM
Hi,
Try screem
anthony

RAV TUX
July 25th, 2006, 01:04 AM
Hello all!

Does anyone have a HTML editor to recommend?

I'm looking for something

- that will color the code, just for visual what-the-heck-am-I-looking-at-ness

- is text based and not WYSIWYG (I just don't jive with those, not sure why!)

- has a preview pane or tab. (And I mean IN the program, not a save and veiw in browser option. I really want to be able to veiw both my code and my result at the same time.)

- must be free, or have a trial time and cost less then $50 (Am I cheap, or poor? heh, I'll let you decide :D )

I've seen both nvu (possibly mangling the name!) and Bluefish listed elswhere. But nvu is a WYSIWYG editor and Bluefish doesn't have a preveiw mode, so I'm still hunting.

Thanks for any advice!

-zami

Try Xinha Here! 0.9

xinha_here_v0_9-fx.xpi (http://www.hypercubed.com/projects/firefox/xinha_here_v0_9-fx.xpi)

http://www.hypercubed.com/projects/firefox/


Xinha Here! is a Firefox extension wrapper for the Xinha HTML editor (http://xinha.python-hosting.com/). It enables WYSIWYG editing in any textarea and text box on any website. Xinha Here! opens a Xinha HTML editor in your browser allowing you to edit the data in a WYSIWYG on any website without copying and pasting to secondary HTML editor. To use Xinha Here! simply select Xinha Here! from the context menu (right click on PC, control + click on Mac) of the desired text area or text box. Please be aware, you will only see the Xinha Here options if you right-click inside a text box or text area. Up will pop a Xinha WYSIWYG HTML editor. Press OK and the valid HTML is pushed back to the original text box. Simple as that.

Because the Xinha editor is installed on your local machine rather then a server it is both portable (use it on any website) and fast (files donít need to be transfered over the net). This extension goes great with the SpellBound (http://spellbound.sourceforge.net/) spell checker extension. I use it on eBay, my WordPress blog, leaving comments on other blogs and forums, anywhere where HTML is accepted.
Current version tested in Windows Firefox 1.0.6 - 1.5.0.1 and Linux Firefox 1.0.7 - 1.5. Iíve received word that Mac OS X works also. If youíve tested it in other versions or OSs please leave a message here (http://www.hypercubed.com/projects/firefox/#comments).

The Xinha Here extension is released under the same license as Xinha which is licensed under the original HTMLArea license. Please look here (http://xinha.python-hosting.com/wiki/Licence).
http://img388.imageshack.us/img388/9937/xinhawspellboundxj1.gif
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EDIT: (you said NO WYSIWYG)

try Xinah

http://xinha.python-hosting.com/wiki/DownloadsPage

ComplexNumber
July 25th, 2006, 01:04 AM
try screem. that has a preview facility. http://gnomefiles.org/app.php?soft_id=259 EDIT: ahhh heck! someone beat me to it.

zami
July 25th, 2006, 01:22 AM
Xhina and Screem then (and not xhina here :))

I'll give them both a spin!

Thanks so much!

-zami

Skia_42
July 25th, 2006, 02:28 AM
Screem works well, although you can do nearly everything with a simple text editor...that's how I learned it.

Footissimo
July 25th, 2006, 02:36 AM
Bluefish (available in the repos is a nice html editor), though has a button to preview in browser rather than within the program itself (NVu..also in repos...does do it's own preview, but is very much a WYSIWYG editor)

jeffc313
July 25th, 2006, 03:18 AM
I like bluefish

ubuntu_demon
July 25th, 2006, 10:35 AM
I like NVU.

http://www.nvu.com/index.php
http://www.nvu.com/screenshots.php

To install it :
$sudo apt-get install nvu

swamytk
July 25th, 2006, 10:50 AM
First Choice: Bluefish (no built-in preview, you can use firefox or any other browser side by side)
Second Choice: Nvu (but it is WYSWYG)
Third Choice: gedit with corresponding web page opened in firefox in another window :-)

ubuntu_demon
July 25th, 2006, 10:54 AM
First Choice: Bluefish (no built-in preview, you can use firefox or any other browser side by side)
Second Choice: Nvu (but it is WYSWYG)
Third Choice: gedit with corresponding web page opened in firefox in another window :-)

When I tried bluefish was a long time ago (warty or hoary)it segfaulted on me so I can't say anything about it.

Regarding nvu yeah it's WYSIWYG but if you want you can also edit the source directly and use the WYSIWYG as a built-in preview.

gedit is nice for small edits.

Virogenesis
July 25th, 2006, 10:58 AM
I've started using eclipse its fantastic as it supports plugins, the plug ins are fantastic I believe you can get some plug ins that allow you to preview html.

eriqk
July 25th, 2006, 11:32 AM
I'm a fan of Bluefish, but I think Quanta will meet your requirements (especially because it has a preview pane of sorts).

Groet, Erik

Bezmotivnik
July 25th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Not to thread hijack, but what is a good one that IS WYSIWYG?

Is there a Linux analog to Dreamweaver? Last time I looked (a couple of years ago) there wasn't.

I always coded this stuff in a text editor also, but the WYSIWYG programs can help speed up some parts of the process.

Thanks for any help!

ubuntu_demon
July 25th, 2006, 01:30 PM
Not to thread hijack, but what is a good one that IS WYSIWYG?


What You See Is What You Get. In this case it means that you don't have to know HTML in order to make a site although it does help.

NVU is an example of a WYSIWYG website editor (although you can also edit the html directly with it).

Bezmotivnik
July 25th, 2006, 05:55 PM
NVU is an example of a WYSIWYG website editor (although you can also edit the html directly with it).
How does it stack up to Dreamweaver?

Virogenesis
July 25th, 2006, 06:07 PM
How does it stack up to Dreamweaver?
Crap compared to dreamweaver....Do a search on eclipse ok its a very powerful ide with superb Java support.... I know you can get wysiwyg plug ins aswell.

ubuntu_demon
July 25th, 2006, 11:10 PM
How does it stack up to Dreamweaver?
I've never used dreamweaver but the html code produced by nvu is way better than that of MS frontpage ;) :p

zami
July 26th, 2006, 08:11 PM
Well, I kicked the tires on the following editors yesterday-

Arachnophilia
Bluefish
Screem
NVU
Quanta+
Xihna

In the end I chose Screem. I strongly prefer Bluefish but it keeps crashing on me (and apparently has no hexcolor picker??) so, for now, Screem it is. It doesn't have a preview PANE like I'd like (and like Quanta+ has I might add, go Quanta!) but it has a quick view toggle with CTRL+1 / 2. And if I MUST see the code and result at the same time, I can stack it over the Epiphany browser (with all the browser toolbars turned off so the viewing area is very large. Bluefish was even better with this option because you could refresh the view without saving the file first).

So far, so good.

Arachnophilia also looks worth further investigation. It's not a pretty program, but you can make your own macros.

I never could get Xihna to install (but I'm very new to installing on Linux so I'm sure it was my fault).

I found NVU incredibly frustrating in every way.

I tried out a few other more basic straight-up text editors, but nothing was really any handier then basic gEdit has been so far.

Thanks for all the suggestions folks!

-zami

Bezmotivnik
July 26th, 2006, 08:20 PM
I strongly prefer Bluefish but it keeps crashing on me
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who couldn't keep Bluefish working.

Virogenesis
July 26th, 2006, 08:23 PM
tried Aptana? http://www.aptana.com/

zami
July 26th, 2006, 08:57 PM
tried Aptana? http://www.aptana.com/

Not yet, but I will! Thanks so much for the link!

-zami

buddy_krish
August 15th, 2006, 10:44 PM
Aptana looks impressive....

Will give it a shot... :-)

zami
August 21st, 2006, 08:29 PM
In case anyone else (besides myself I mean!) has a hard time installing/running Aptana, I suggest reading...
http://www.odrakir.com/blog/?p=382

It's a VERY nice little walkthrough for installing Aptana on Ubuntu.



-zami

immeŽmosol
November 7th, 2009, 02:26 AM
Not quite what the original author requested,
but might be of interest to some visitors of this thread though,
a plugin for gedit that let's you preview your html in a browser:
http://my.opera.com/area42/blog/gedit-browser-preview-plugin

immeŽmosol
November 7th, 2009, 02:36 AM
Another option to accomplish a bit of the same as my previous post is to define your own 'external tool'(Tools>Manage External Tools)

doing that, the environment-variables listed on:
http://live.gnome.org/Gedit/ToolLauncherPlugin
might be of interest to you.

What I did:
http://ubuntuforums.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=135073&stc=1&d=1257557559

Greg
November 7th, 2009, 02:37 AM
The thread is over 3 years old.

And Emacs. Because Emacs is always the solution.

Shpongle
November 7th, 2009, 02:50 AM
i use gedit for all my coding etc its great and has loads of plug ins!! and can be extended with scripts

cariboo907
November 7th, 2009, 02:52 AM
I believe this thread was solved a long time ago. This thread is closed.