List of HTML editors
The following is a list of HTML editors.
Basic text editors
Plain text editors may be used to produce webpages. The following are some commonly used text editors:
Source code editors
Source code editors evolved from basic text editors, but include additional tools specifically geared toward handling code.
While word processors are not ostensibly HTML editors, many of the major products are capable of exporting document layouts in HTML format. This offers the ease of use of a word processor, similar to a WYSIWYG product (see below), but has some of the same end product limitations.
- Apple Pages (part of the iWork suite)
- Microsoft Word
- LibreOffice Writer
- OpenOffice.org Writer
- Microsoft Excel can also export a document (.xls) into .html with the correct formatting.
- OpenOffice Calc
WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) code generators offer speed and ease of use.
Many of these editors do not require any knowledge of the programming languages generated by the software.
Some of these editors store pages in a proprietary format and then export them as HTML (possibly along with other formats); the user would continue to maintain the website by working with the files in the proprietary format and re-exporting them. Other, generally simpler WYSIWYG editors are designed to work directly with HTML files.
Exported files tend to be larger than hand-coded pages (those produced with a text-based HTML editor or a plain text editor).
WYSIWYG generators tend to be better than word processors at producing highly graphical and interactive pages.
Although the term WYSIWYG is often used for these editors, they are generally not truly WYSIWYG (see Difficulties in achieving WYSIWYG).
WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mean) is an alternative paradigm to WYSIWYG, in which the focus is on the semantic structure of the document rather than on the presentation. These editors produce more logically structured markup than is typical of WYSIWYG editors, while retaining the advantage in ease of use over hand-coding using a text editor.
Editors that have been discontinued, but may be in common use
- Adobe GoLive – replaced by Adobe Dreamweaver
- Adobe PageMill– replaced by Adobe Dreamweaver
- Apple iWeb
- Claris Home Page – replaced by Apple iWeb
- HoTMetaL– replaced by XMeTaL, a commercial XML editor
- Macromedia HomeSite – replaced by Adobe Dreamweaver
- Microsoft Expression Web – replaced by Visual Studio 2012 (Expression Web is available free, for a while)
- Microsoft FrontPage – replaced by Microsoft Expression Web and Microsoft SharePoint Designer
- Netscape Composer - Mozilla Composer – replaced by Nvu then KompoZer, or SeaMonkey Composer
- Nvu – developer Daniel Glazman is working on replacement called BlueGriffon, not directly derived from Nvu but still based on Mozilla technology; the KompoZer project maintains Nvu codebase and fixes bugs until a successor to Nvu is released
- About.com - WYSIWYG vs. Hand Coding, the Great Debate
- Online HTML Editor and Code Tester
- W3C List Of HTML Tools (Outdated but kept for historical purpose)
- List of HTML editors at the Open Directory Project