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    Looking for an HTML editor for my son
    Hi all.

    My eight-year-old son is kind of a techno geek. He is interested in creating websites. He has been using some free web tools like freewebs.com, but wants something better.

    Any recommendations for an easy to use HTML editor priced under $100?

    Thanks.

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    Melissa, best thing is for him to learn simple HTML from scratch. But there are "tag editors" that insert the html tags with a button click instead of having type it all out.

    The free version doesn't support /subdirectories/ but otherwise it's very good: after I learned HTML using Notepad (the best way to learn it), I used SiteAid, which is free. There's a paid version but I never tried it.

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    Maybe just get him started writing HTML with a text editor. If he's savvy enough he should pick it up in no time at all. And in the end this is the best way to go.

    - Scott
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snib
    Maybe just get him started writing HTML with a text editor. If he's savvy enough he should pick it up in no time at all. And in the end this is the best way to go.

    - Scott
    Totally agree. In addition, there's more of a learning curve in becoming familiar with software than there is to learning HTML, which is crucial to know (so is basic CSS). Besides, children his age pick anything up like a sponge picks up water, especially when they're motivated and eager.

    I've used NoteTab Lite for years for different purposes, including cleaning up code (Free)

    http://www.notetab.com/

    And for a WYSIWYG (not recommended, it sometimes hinders learning HTML & CSS from scratch), Netscape browser in some older versions has a download of their editor Composer which isn't really worse than any other WYSIWYG around and it's also free.

    http://browser.netscape.com/downloads/archive/

    Communicator is only the browser, it has to be the suite (believe it or not, the one that came with NS 4.8 was excellent and is still available).

    For serious use long-term use, even for you, Homesite (was Allaire, then Macromedia and now Adobe) is the choice of a LOT of standards-conscious working professionals. Top of the line, and not overly expensive.

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    Best HTML text editor: Notepad ++

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    Quote Originally Posted by Code Monkey
    Best HTML text editor: Notepad ++
    Second that.
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    Try NVU, it's free. He can use "source" to perfect his coding and do "preview" to see how it looks as he is coding. Google nvu and you'll find it.

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    Best HTML text editor: Notepad ++
    Agree! I use it to create my affiliate marketing newsletters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCIM
    Try NVU, it's free. He can use "source" to perfect his coding and do "preview" to see how it looks as he is coding. Google nvu and you'll find it.

    Denise
    I also suggest NVU (nvudev . com) I have suggested this to others, as far as I am concerned it is just as good as Frontpage and it is FREE

    Good Luck

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    http://www.adobe.com/products/homesite/

    Homesite from MacroMedia

    It's exactly $100 - or free if you reinstall it every month

    It makes building pages easy because evrything is color-coded. (Images are in red, java is brown, etc)

    It spellchecks. Checks your links for you. It does a lot.

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    >>exactly $100

    Unless it's academic pricing (which is less), which is usually available for K-12 with just providing documentation of it being for a student.

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    I second Homesite. I have been using it for years.

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    I use namo web editor, it's a lot more user friendly.
    And if you know how to code use Edit Plus.

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    I like firebug. You can open up "about:blank" and go to town editing (open firebug pane, click HTML tab, right click in the resulting document tree, edit html). When you get it looking the way you want, copy/paste results into notepad.

    Open your saved doc through firebug at a later date, repeat.
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    Thanks guys.

    Hopefully he will be creating profitable affiliate sites in the next few months! (Just kidding)

    <rant>And here is my rant for the day on behalf of kids like my son...

    Last year he was in the GATE (gifted) program. The school district eliminated the whole program. This year his school started a "challenge" program for gifted kids. As of yesterday, they have canceled that as well.

    It is a sad comment on American public education. Our local (under performing according to the state of AZ) school district seems to celebrate mediocrity. Bright kids who actually want to learn seem to get the short end of the stick again and again.

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    Melissa

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajamalady
    <rant>And here is my rant for the day on behalf of kids like my son...

    Last year he was in the GATE (gifted) program. The school district eliminated the whole program. This year his school started a "challenge" program for gifted kids. As of yesterday, they have canceled that as well.

    It is a sad comment on American public education. Our local (under performing according to the state of AZ) school district seems to celebrate mediocrity. Bright kids who actually want to learn seem to get the short end of the stick again and again.

    </rant>

    Melissa
    Sad indeed. I understand and commiserate Melissa. :-(

    My advice is to enroll your son in outside programs that will challenge his mind and keep his enthusiasm for learning high. Even if he just joins a chess club, his mind will be exposed to more than mediocrity.
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    Somebody suggested NVU. I have been using it and it is not bad.

    I am also using EditPlus which is a text editor.

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