Claris Home Page

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Claris Home Page
Claris Homepage icon.png
Claris Home Page.png
Claris Home Page running on Windows 7
Stable release 3.0 / January 1998
Development status Discontinued
Operating system Mac OS, Windows
Type WYSIWYG HTML editor

Claris Home Page (computer software) was one of the earliest true WYSIWYG HTML editors, developed from 1994 on.[1] The project was code-named Loma Prieta.[2] Claris purchased it from San Andreas Systems, reworked it to use the user interface common to all their products, and released it in 1996.

History[edit]

Home Page supported all of the features common in HTML at the time. However, the program did not include any sort of template system, nor did it have a system for creating menus or roll-over effects, which at the time were experimental features only available in very recent browser versions. It also had a number of bugs and display glitches, which Claris did not fix as late as 1997. It improved the table editor and included a clip art library of several thousand images in GIF format. In January of 1998, the third and final version of Home Page was released. This version contained templates and tools for building database-driven websites using FileMaker Pro 4.1 and Claris Dynamic Markup Language (CDML).[3]

Within weeks of the final Home Page release, parent company Apple Computer reorganized Claris into FileMaker Inc., with Home Page and the FileMaker database as its only remaining products.[4] Home Page was discontinued in 2001, though it continued to run in the Classic Environment of Mac OS X through version 10.4. Home Page was designed for HTML 3.2, and consequently does not support HTML 4.0. Home Page cannot display Portable Network Graphics (PNG) images, and if it is used to upload them, the PNG files will be corrupted and rendered unviewable.[5]

Programmer Sam Schillace, who had developed Claris Home Page with his partner from 1994 on, would later go on to lead the development of Google Docs.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hamburger, Ellis (3 July 2013). "Google Docs began as a hacked together experiment, says creator". The Verge. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Claris buys into Web authoring". CNet. 11 June 1996. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Jardeen, Michael (30 March 1998). "To Home Page and Back Again". TidBits. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Claris becomes FileMaker, Inc.; keeps FileMaker Pro and Home Page; other products move to Apple; Emailer future still cloudy". CNet. 28 January 1998. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Knight, Dan (27 March 2012). "Claris Home Page and PNGs". LowEndMac. Retrieved 27 November 2013.