Comparison of HTML editors

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of HTML editors.

Please see the individual products' articles for further information, and comparison of text editors for information on text editors, and comparison of word processors or information on word processors, many of which have features to assist with writing HTML.

General information[edit]

Editor Version Year Creator Software license Website
Amaya 11.4.4 (January 18) 2012 W3C, INRIA W3C [2]
Aptana Studio 3.4.2 (July 14) 2013 Aptana GPL [3]
Arachnophilia 5.5, build 2705 (August 24) 2012 Paul Lutus [1] LGPL [4]
Bluefish 2.2.5 (February 10) 2014 Bluefish GPL [5]
BlueGriffon 1.7.2 (June 19) 2013 Disruptive Innovations MPL 1.1/GPL 2.0/LGPL 2.1 [6] [7]
Brackets Sprint 40 (June 6) 2014 Adobe MIT License [8]
Claris Homepage (Discontinued) 3.0 1998 Claris Proprietary ?
Coda 2 2012 Panic, Inc. Proprietary [9]
CoffeeCup HTML Editor 2010SE (August 4) 2010 CoffeeCup Software Proprietary [10]
Contribute CS6.5 (8)(August 23) 2012 Adobe Systems (formerly Macromedia) Proprietary [11]
Dreamweaver CS6 (12.0) (22 April) 2012 Adobe Systems (formerly Macromedia) Proprietary [12]
EZGenerator 4.1 (December) 2012 Image-Line Proprietary [13]
Freeway 5.4.2 (November) 2009 Softpress Proprietary [14]
GoLive (Discontinued) 9.0 (June 1) 2007 Adobe Systems (formerly GoLive Systems) Proprietary [15]
Google Web Designer (April) 2014 Google, Inc. Proprietary [16]
HTML Egg 6.0 (November) 2013 htmlegg.com Proprietary [17]
HTML-Kit 292 Chami.com Proprietary [18]
HTML Writer 1.0 ANB Software Ltd Proprietary [19]
KompoZer 0.7.10/0.8b3 (August 30, 2007/ March 1, 2010) 2010 Kaze MPL 1.1/GPL 2.0/LGPL 2.1 [20]
Liveweave 2014 2014 Amit Sen Proprietary|Freeware [21]
Maqetta Preview 5 (March 28) 2012 IBM BSD or AFL [22]
Microsoft Expression Web (Discontinued) 4.0.1460.0 (December 20) 2012 Microsoft Proprietary [23]
Microsoft FrontPage (Discontinued) 2003 (October 21) 2003 Microsoft Proprietary [24]
Microsoft FrontPage Express (Discontinued) Microsoft Proprietary
Web Architect 6.9.1 (July 25) 2012 mirabyte Proprietary [25]
Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 (December 4) 2006 Microsoft Proprietary [26]
Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Microsoft Proprietary [27]
Mozilla Composer (Discontinued) 1.7.13 (April 21) 2006 Mozilla Foundation MPL 1.1/GPL 2.0/LGPL 2.1 [28]
Nvu (Discontinued) 1.0 (June 28) 2005 Linspire / Daniel Glazman MPL 1.1/GPL 2.0/LGPL 2.1 [29]
OpenBEXI 4.1 (July) 2012 Arcazj GPL [30]
openElement 1.44 (January 21) 2014 openElement Apache License 2.0 [31]
OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 (January 25) 2011 Oracle Corporation (formerly Sun Microsystems) GPL [32]
Quanta Plus 3.5.9 (February 20) 2008 The Quanta Team GPL [33]
RapidWeaver 5.2.2 (March 27) 2012 Realmac Software Proprietary [34]
SeaMonkey Composer 2.16 (February 21) 2013 SeaMonkey Council MPL [35]
TextMate 2.0 Preview (August 12) 2012 Macromates GNU [36]
TOWeb 5.07 (July 28) 2013 Lauyan Software Proprietary [37]
WebStorm IDE 7.0 (September 26) 2013 WebStorm IDE Proprietary [38]
Editor Version Year Creator Software license Website

Operating system support[edit]

Editor Windows Mac OS X Mac OS 9 Linux BSD Unix iOS Android
Amaya Yes Yes No Yes source only source only No No
Aptana Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No
Arachnophilia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Bluefish Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
BlueGriffon Yes Yes No Yes No No No No
Brackets Yes Yes No Yes No No No No
Claris Homepage Terminated (3.0) No Terminated (3.0) No No No No No
CoffeeCup HTML Editor Yes Yes No No No No No No
Contribute Yes Yes No No No No No No
Dreamweaver Yes Yes Dropped No No No No No
EZGenerator Yes No No No No No No No
Freeway No Yes Dropped No No No No No
GoLive Terminated (9.0) Terminated (9.0) Dropped (6.0) No No No No No
HTML Egg No Yes[2] No No No No Yes[3] Yes[4]
HTML-Kit Yes No No No No No No No
HTML Writer Yes No No No No No No No
KompoZer [5] Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No
Maqetta Yes Yes No Cloud[6] Cloud[6] No No No
Microsoft Expression Web Yes No No No No No No No
Microsoft FrontPage Terminated (2003) No Dropped (1998)[7] No No No No No
Microsoft SharePoint Designer Yes No No No No No No No
Microsoft Visual Web Developer Yes No No No No No No No
Web Architect Yes No No No No No No No
Mozilla Composer Terminated (1.7.13) Terminated (1.7.13) Dropped (1.2.1) Terminated (1.7.13) Terminated (1.7.13) Terminated (1.7.13) No No
Nvu [8] Terminated (1.0) Terminated (1.0) No Terminated (1.0) Terminated (1.0) No No No
OpenBEXI Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
openElement Yes No No No No No No No
OpenOffice.org Yes Yes No Yes source only source only No No
Quanta Gold (deprecated) Yes Yes No Yes No No No No
Quanta Plus No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
RapidWeaver No Yes No No No No No No
SeaMonkey Composer Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
TOWeb Yes No No No No No No No
WebStorm IDE Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Editor Windows Mac OS X Mac OS 9 Linux BSD Unix iOS Android

Editor features[edit]

Editor WYSIWYG FTP Upload WebDAV Upload Server-side scripting Shared editing Spell checking Templates Templates Update Sync Page Preview Form Handler
Amaya Yes No Yes No No Yes Partial[9] No Yes ?
Aptana No Yes ? Yes (via plugins) Yes No Some (i.e. Snippets) ? Yes ?
Arachnophilia No ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Bluefish No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
BlueGriffon Yes Yes
(via add-on)[10]
No ? No Yes Yes
(via commercial proprietary add-on)[11]
No Yes ?
Brackets "Live Preview" in-browser No No Yes No Yes (via extension) Yes (via extension) No Yes ?
Claris Homepage Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes ?
CoffeeCup HTML Editor No Yes ? No No Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Dreamweaver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
EZGenerator Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Freeway Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes ?
GoLive Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes ?
HTML Egg Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
(via add-on)[12]
HTML-Kit No Yes ? Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes ?
HTML Writer No No No Yes No No Yes No No No
KompoZer Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes ?
Liveweave "Live Preview" in-browser No No No No No No No Yes No
Maqetta Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?
Microsoft Expression Web Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Microsoft FrontPage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Microsoft SharePoint Designer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Microsoft Visual Web Developer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Web Architect No Yes ? Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes ?
Nvu Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes ?
OpenBEXI Yes Yes ? Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
openElement Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
OpenOffice.org Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? Yes ?
Quanta Plus Yes Yes No (cvs instead) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
RapidWeaver Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes ?
SeaMonkey Composer Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes ?
TOWeb Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
Editor WYSIWYG FTP Upload WebDAV Upload Server-side scripting Shared editing Spell checking Templates Templates Update Sync Page Preview Form Handler

Web technology support[edit]

Editor CSS2 Frames Java JavaScript XSLT XHTML MathML XForms RSS Atom XPath
Amaya[13] Partial No No No No Yes Yes No No No ?
Aptana Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
Arachnophilia Yes Yes ? Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Bluefish Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
BlueGriffon Yes
(via commercial proprietary add-on)[14]
? ? ? ? Yes Yes
(via commercial proprietary add-on)[15]
? ? ? ?
Brackets Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? Yes Yes ?
Claris Homepage Partial Yes No Yes No No No No No No No
CoffeeCup HTML Editor Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No
Dreamweaver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes[39] Yes ? Yes
Freeway Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No
GoLive Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
HTML Egg Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No
HTML-Kit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
HTML Writer Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KompoZer Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
Maqetta Yes  ? No Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Microsoft Expression Web Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft FrontPage Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Microsoft SharePoint Designer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Visual Web Developer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Nvu Yes No No Yes No Yes No No No No No
OpenBEXI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No
openElement Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes No No
OpenOffice.org Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quanta Plus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes
RapidWeaver Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No
SeaMonkey Composer Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No No ?
TOWeb Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No
Web Architect Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ?
WebStorm IDE Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ? ? Yes
Editor CSS2 Frames Java JavaScript XSLT XHTML  MathML XForms RSS Atom XPath

HTML/XHTML specification support[edit]

Specification HTML 3.2 HTML 4.0 HTML 4.01 HTML 5 XHTML 1.0 XHTML 1.1 Validating
Variant strict trans. f.set strict trans. f.set strict trans. f.set
Amaya No No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Aptana ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Arachnophilia ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No Yes ? ? ? Yes
Bluefish Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[16]
BlueGriffon No No No No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Brackets ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Claris Homepage ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
CoffeeCup HTML Editor No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Contribute ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Dreamweaver Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes [17] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Freeway Yes No No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes
GoLive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
HTML Egg ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
HTML-Kit ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? No ? Yes ? ? Yes
HTML Writer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
KompoZer No No No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes
Maqetta ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Microsoft Expression Web No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes[18] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft FrontPage ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
Microsoft SharePoint Designer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
Microsoft Visual Web Developer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
Mozilla Composer ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
OpenBEXI ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
openElement ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes
OpenOffice.org ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quanta Gold ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
Quanta Plus ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No ? ? ? ? ?
RapidWeaver ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
SeaMonkey Composer ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? No ? ? ? ? ?
TOWeb No No No No No No No Yes No No No No Yes
Web Architect Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[19]
WebStorm IDE ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Variant strict trans. f.set strict trans. f.set strict trans. f.set
Specification HTML 3.2 HTML 4.0 HTML 4.01 HTML 5 XHTML 1.0 XHTML 1.1 Validating

Early HTML comparisons[edit]

The following is a comparison of early HTML editors.

Comparison of early HTML editors
Program Author Version System HTML
Compliant
Display Forms Tables Integrated
Browser
Cost
ASHE[20][21][22][23] John R. Punin 1994 Unix No source Yes No No freeware
HTML Assistant Brooklyn North Software 1.4 Windows No source Yes No No freeware
HTMLed Peter Crawshaw 1.2e Windows No source No No No freeware
HTML.edit Murray Altheim 1.7b3 Macintosh No source Yes Yes No freeware
Tkhtml Liem Bahenmann 2.3 Unix No source Yes No No freeware
asWedit Andrzej Stochniol 1.1 Unix HTML 3 source Yes Yes No freeware
HTML Editor Rick Giles 1 Macintosh No WYSIWYG No No No freeware
HTMLText Nick Williams/tim Wilkinson 1.4 Unix No WYSIWYG No No No freeware
Phoenix University of Chicago 0.1.7 Unix No WYSIWYG No No Yes freeware
HTML Pro Niklas Frykholm 1.08 Macintosh No WYSIWYG No No No freeware
Webtor Jochen Schales .91prealpha2 Macintosh HTML2 WYSIWYG No No No freeware
WebPages DART Software 1.7 NextStep HTML 1 WYSIWYG No No No commercial
WebMagic SiliconGraphics 1 Irix HTML 2 WYSIWYG No No No commercial
Arachnid Robert Burney 1.5.3b Macintosh No WYSIWYG Yes No No freeware
Live Markup MediaTech 16b4a Windows HTML 2 WYSIWYG No No No commercial
HoTMetaL SoftQuad 1.0+ Unix,Windows HTML 1 WYSIWYG Partial No No freeware
HoTMetaL pro SoftQuad 1 Unix, Windows, Macintosh HTML 2 WYSIWYG Yes Yes No commercial
Symposia GRIF 0.8 Unix HTML 2 WYSIWYG Yes Yes Yes beta

Mintert, Stefan (1995). "WWW-Dokumente komfortabel erstellen: Weberknechte". iX (in German) 8: 54–66. 

Image format support[edit]

Editor JPEG GIF PNG MNG APNG TIFF SVG
Amaya Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes
Aptana Yes Yes Yes No
(coming soon)
? Yes Depends
Arachnophilia ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Bluefish Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes
BlueGriffon Yes Yes Yes No Yes
(presumed)
? Yes
Brackets Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
(via extension)[24]
Claris Homepage Yes Yes No No ? No No
CoffeeCup HTML Editor Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes No
Dreamweaver Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes
Freeway Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes
GoLive Yes Yes Yes No ? No Yes
HTML Egg Yes Depends Yes No ? No No
KompoZer Yes Yes Yes No ? No No
Maqetta ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Microsoft Expression Web Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes No
Microsoft FrontPage[25] Yes Yes Yes Depends ? Yes? Depends
Microsoft SharePoint Designer Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes No
Microsoft Visual Web Developer Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes No
Nvu Yes Yes Yes No ? No No
OpenBEXI Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes
openElement Yes Yes Yes No ? No No
OpenOffice.org ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Quanta Plus Yes Yes Yes No
(next version)
? Yes Yes
RapidWeaver Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes No
SeaMonkey Composer Yes Yes Yes No ? No No
TOWeb Yes Yes Yes No ? No No
Web Architect Yes Yes Yes Depends ? Yes Depends
WebStorm IDE Yes Yes Yes No ? No No
Editor JPEG GIF PNG MNG APNG TIFF SVG

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Lutus". 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  2. ^ "HTML Egg on Mac App Store". Apple. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ "HTML Egg on App Store". Apple. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  4. ^ "HTML Egg on Google Play". Google. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  5. ^ Nvu/Kompozer can be built successfully on any platform with the Netscape Portable Runtime.
  6. ^ a b [Google Chrome (current release), Mozilla Firefox 4 users can edit HTML if Maquetta is running in the cloud.]
  7. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions About FrontPage". Microsoft. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  8. ^ Nvu can be built successfully on any platform with the Netscape Portable Runtime.
  9. ^ Amaya homepage on templates
  10. ^ Bluegriffon's FireFTP add-on
  11. ^ Bluegriffon's commercial proprietary One click templates add-on
  12. ^ Integrating Touch Forms with HTML Egg
  13. ^ not Unicode-savvy
  14. ^ http://www.bluegriffon.com/index.php?pages/CssEditor BlueGriffon's commercial proprietary CSS editor add-on
  15. ^ http://www.bluegriffon.com/index.php?pages/MathML BlueGriffon's commercial proprietary MathML add-on
  16. ^ External tools such as weblint and tidy are integrated
  17. ^ Available with CS5 using the Adobe Dreamweaver Add-on pack available at http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/html5pack.html
  18. ^ For error checking on markup and intellisense on tags and attributes an add-in is needed. This is available at http://gallery.expression.microsoft.com/en-us/Web4HTML5SchemaAddIn .
  19. ^ External tools such as W3C validator services and tidy are integrated
  20. ^ Andre Heck (30 April 2004). StarBriefs Plus: A Dictionary of Abbreviations, Acronyms and Symbols in Astronomy, and Related Space Sciences. Springer. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-4020-1925-8. 
  21. ^ Institut sistem informatiki (Akademii︠a︡ nauk SSSR) (1991). Current topics in informatics systems research. Siberian Division of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Institute of Informatics System. p. 150. 
  22. ^ Sametinger, Johannes (June 1991). DOgMA: a tool for the documentation & maintenance of software systems. Johannes Kepler University of Linz. p. 97. ISBN 3-85369-868-9. 
  23. ^ Mössenböck, Hanspeter (December 1990). She: A Simple Hypertext Editor for Programs. ETH Zurich. OCLC 610954033. 
  24. ^ [1]
  25. ^ Actual amount of supported formats depend on installed converter. FrontPage uses Microsoft Office converters.

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