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.

introduction
definitions
properties
development speed
learning curve
mobility
HTML knowledge
code size
code quality
spelling checking
site editing
smart transfers
special effects
compatibility
tool cost
overall cost
sites
colophon
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XXX There are hidden costs! Of course…

Whether using a text or HTML editor, a developer will also need to use image manipulation software. Shareware products are available so this may require another $100 or so. If one already has Photoshop or Corel Draw, you may use these tools. Image manipulation features are built-in to good authoring tools so no further expense is incurred. You might need image mapping software.

If you need FTP software, there is excellent freeware and shareware for less than $100.

Don’t forget to factor in costs for training, books, scanning, that new digital camera, business web space, and your .COM or .CA domain name registration.