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Software Review:HoTMetaL Pro 4.0 (Part 2)

See Figures 1 & 2

Figure 1. HoTMetaL PRO's WYSIWYG view of the imported WD page.


Figure 2. A normal view of the WD page in Netscape.

So I figured I’d give HoTMetaL Pro the benefit of a doubt, and tried to recreate the Web Developer® page from scratch (since I couldn’t find a template which was similar enough). While doing a fair job with simple tables, tables which contained (or needed to contain) COLSPAN parameters were impossible to create. So after tinkering with it for about an hour and a half in WYSIWYG mode, I saved the file and took a look at it in Netscape 3.0. Whoa! For a WYSIWYG display, HoTMetaL Pro leaves a lot to be desired. The table looked fine in the HoTMetaL display, but in Netscape it was less than a piece of art. Rather, all the words were cramped on the left side of the right table (See Figures 3 & 4).

Figure 3. View of the table in "WYSIWYG" editor.


Figure 4. View of the same table in Netscape.

So much for the editor. The Information Manager is a slick tool which lets you have a look at all the files on your site in several different modes (Web View, Single File View, Tree View; See Figure 5). One very useful feature is a link checker which can check local and off-site links as well as look for orphaned files. That’s a time saver that more and more HTML editor packages should include. It also features the ability to "publish" your HTML files to your Web site.


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