web page editing tools compared

List assembled by Blake Nancarrow (blaken@computer-ease.com) of Computer Ease for the Computer Trainers Network (CTN) on 24 Nov 2000.

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HTML knowledge
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spelling checking
site editing
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XXX Text editors are free. Windows Notepad or Macintosh SimpleText are included in the OS.

Image editing software may be required. I know of no good freeware applications. There is good shareware. There are good inexpensive commercial offerings, such as Adobe ImageReady. Then there's the cat's meow, PhotoShop, at a few hundred dollars.

HTML editors are often no more than $100. Many shareware products are available, such as HotDog and HoTMetaL. HomeSite is approximately $150.

Authoring tools can very expensive. Microsoft FrontPage costs $200-300; Dreamweaver and GoLive are around $500.

Dreamweaver does not necessarily include an image editing components. If you need to create and edit images with Dreamweaver, be sure to pick up the Macromedia Dreamweaver/Fireworks Studio. This will set you back about $700.