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Thursday, July 21st 2005, 9:41am

Alright! Finally a forum I can truly relate to. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_blush.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> I agree, this is a good forum choice, especially given that so many groups, developers, clans, servers, etc seem to be in demand for their own sites. Now if I´m understanding your question correctly, you´re asking about web development programs. I personally use Macromedia´s Dreamweaver for web page building, because I like its abundant features and great interactivity with their other line of web publishing software. I would not recommend that program for the average web designer though, due to its steep cost. I think Microsoft Frontpage or Visual Studio used to come with some older Win95/98/2000 computers, and both can be used as a fine webpage editor. I think Frontpage is now sold seperately for WinXP though, and costs over $100. Microsoft Visual Studio <i> might </i> still be free, but I´m not sure. I know it came with my WinXP computer 4 years ago. It can handle html and java quite well. As far as definate free programs go, I used to use a program called Arachnophobia. I´ve also heard of a free source editor called Crimson Editor that´s supposed to be decent, but I´ve yet to try it out. The truth of the matter is though, that all you REALLY need is a simple text editor like Windows Notepad once you´ve got some understanding of how to write a webpage. All the other multi-featured programs just help to speed things up, or supply shortcuts to HTML scripts you may not know off hand. If you´re truly loooking to learn HTML/Java/etc, there are plenty of guides and tutorials all over the web for it. You certainly don´t need to go to a bookstore to learn HTML (unless you just like having a large reference book for scripts). Infact I taught myself a lot of what I know just from looking at the pictures on this site: http://www.visibone.com/ <img src=smilies/icon_smile_tongue.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Bottom line: Web editing software is nice, but not necissary when it comes to making a good and thrifty website.
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Monday, October 17th 2005, 1:40am

It should be clarified that the forum software is server-generated by code on the server-side, so the HTML is dynamically generated. That having been said, FrontPage Express comes with Windows 98, or if you install Windows 95 + Internet Explorer 4, you get FP Express in the IE4 install. After that, upgrade to IE5.5 and you´re golden (Although I would use Firefox as a browser and use the IE5.5 update to lock down Outlook Express). As for free HTML editors, I saw <A href=´http://sourceforge.net/projects/xsdheditor´ Target=_Blank>this</a> on Sourceforge, but I have no idea exactly how it integrates with Microsoft Office. If you use a *nix operating system (unlikely if you´re a Freelancer enthusiast, though <img src=smilies/icon_smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> ), try <A href=´http://sourceforge.net/projects/peacock´ Target=_Blank>Peacock</a> for GNOME. There´s also this <A href=´http://sourceforge.net/projects/aynhtml´ Target=_Blank>HTML editor</a> that´s done in Javascript (!) and lets you use MSIE as a sort of HTML editor. Go figure, eh? <img src=smilies/icon_smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> (It doesn´t seem to work too reliably. Your best best is to generate HTML, switch modes to the HTML text, copy/paste into Notepad, and then close your browser. <A href=´http://sourceforge.net/projects/ekit´ Target=_Blank>Ekit</a> is surprisingly good. All you have to do is unpack the directory somewhere and open EkitAppletDemo.html, then erase the sample text and start typing your own text. Once you tell it to copy the text, you have HTML-ready code you can paste somewhere else and thereby generate your website. <img src=smilies/icon_smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Finally, if you just want to take text files and generate ´quick and dirty´ HTML, <A href=´http://sourceforge.net/projects/txt2html´ Target=_Blank>txt2html</a> should do it, although from the looks of it you´ll need a *nix OS. Personally I just use Microsoft Frontpage 2003, but I´m lazy. <img src=smilies/icon_smile_wink.gif width=15 height=15 border=0 align=middle> Edited by - Hahukum Konn on 10/17/2005 12:42:57 AM

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