Best WYSIWYG Editors
I am looking for a good WYSIWYG editor. I've tried Komposer but it seems complicated. I need this for some people I am doing a website for. Does anyone have any suggestions of free/open source programs that are easy to use?
If you search the forum, using "WYSIWYG", you will find many opinions from other posts.
In engineering we have a saying: of fast, good and cheap you can pick two. In your case it will be of easy, good or cheap. There is only one good WYSIWYG, Amaya. It's certainly cheap but it's a little tricky to get used to.
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Another thing to consider about such editors is that they can actually add complexity to building a web page just as easily as they can take it away.
Using a visual editor means you're actually dealing with two sets of rules instead of one. You not only have to conform to the rules of HTML, but also to the additional rules of your editor and how it wants you to do things. To a beginner that probably doesn't fully understand the rules of HTML, let alone those of the editor, this can be a rather counter-productive situation.
I've seen it happen to a lot of people recently. They don't get properly exposed to the actual HTML and so never gain a decent degree of familiarity with it, and when they have problems it's difficult for them to figure out whether they're breaking the rules of HTML, or the editor.
For a different approach, if your host supports PHP, you might take a look at something like the Concrete5 CMS (download page).
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A pretty basic free one
I have been using NVU , it works pretty well and best of all its free.
Good for Windows or Mac. I have also heard of Taco Software which is like $25.00 but is only for Mac users.
are you looking for a full CMS or a WYSIWYG editor? if WYSIWYG, i'd recommend Tiny MCE. I've used it a few times and it works well.
If you do a search on these forums, this question has been asked many, many times.
Last edited by LeeU; 02-10-2009 at 09:53 PM.
Thanks All. I hadn't heard of tiny. Contribute was already on the system so I just wound up teaching the people to use that since it was just like Excel and Word for editing purposres. I wasn't too thrilled with it because it didn't accurately read my table code but after making modifications it turned out ok.
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