HTML Editor Reviews
Found at: http://www.netscape.com/
Window 95/NT, UNIX, and Macintosh
Stand alone program
WYSIWYG -- "Browser" view used for editing
HTML checking -- during editing and importing
Cost: Comes with Navigator ($59 USD)
Nice features found in this package include:
"Browser" View for Editing and Integrated Browser
This package is essentially a Netscape Communicator browser with built
in editing capability. This approach is very easy to use and will help
new authors to create simple documents very quickly. Overall, this approach
works very well for those new to HTML, but will be confining to experienced
authors. Navigator allows you to view the actual HTML source, but not modify
Nice image dialog that explains all the align attribute values
The package contains a very nice image attribute dialog which shows how
the different ALIGN values affect the image. The dialog also includes
paragraph and link information for the image you are working on.
Single text format dialog
Most editor's I've looked at treat the markup available for text independently,
including different dialogs and menu items. Composer has a single
dialog box for all text markup, including hyper links, paragraph styles,
and character formatting.
Context sensitive right-click pop-up menus
The right button quickly brings up a quick way insert links and modify
the properties of the elements the mouse is over.
Graphical table editor
Composer allows you to edit table structures graphically. Unfortunately,
it does not allow users to create column and row spans.
The application also includes a spelling checker. Also, Composer
provides a simple upload dialog to aid an author with publishing the final
Missing/Poorly Implemented Features:
No heading buttons
Headings can only be created by using the Format menu or the drop-down
list on the toolbar.
No form elements of any kind
Composer does not provide any way of creating forms.
Composer is a very simple graphical HTML editor. It doesn't
have the breadth of features found in many packages today. However,
for simple documents it should be adequate. This package is obviously
designed for people creating simple document for inclusion in email, or
use on their intranet, using Communicator. This package is not a
good choice for a large web site.
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