web page editing tools compared

List assembled by Blake Nancarrow (blaken@computer-ease.com) of Computer Ease for the Computer Trainers Network (CTN) on 04 May 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
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XXX The time required to develop or physically edit web pages and web sites is an important factor when choosing a editing tool.

Using a text editor requires the developer to key in all codes. While one can use template files, copy code from elsewhere, perhaps use code libraries, HTML development "by hand" is still time-consuming.

When managing a multi-page site and its links, one must be careful and test rigorously.

HTML editors can speed the development of a page by showing and supplying HTML commands from built-in selectable lists or menus (although you need to learn HTML!).

Web authoring tools can greatly speed development particularly at the site level. For example, renaming a file is trivial in a site editor: a full authoring tool has link checking routines.