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Unix-based HTML editors seem to come in a few flavours: you will have to try them out to find the one that suits you best.

A.S.H.E. (A Simple HTML Editor)

ASHE is an HTML editor written using the C language, Motif and the NCSA HTML Widget set. You can download the source from ftp://ftp.cs.rpi.edu/pub/puninj/ASHE/ASHE-1.1/src/ashe-1.1.tar.Z. Please, first read the README file under the ASHE directory. A slideshow about ASHE can be found at http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~puninj/TALK/head.html.


Bulldozer is an X-windows based WYSIWIG HTML editor developed by Rick Boykin of NASA. Bulldozer implements a number of HTML 3 features, but does not yet implement tables or mathematics. Since the mathematic elements are under substantial revision, this is not a big loss. The author expects to have a table implementation out in the very near future, as well as a port to Linux.

Additional information about Bulldozer, as well as links to the downloadable binaries, is found at: http://cscsun1.larc.nasa.gov/~rboykin/Dozer/.

EMACS packages

hm--html menus

This package provides a special html-mode for the XEmacs (formely called lemacs or Lucid Emacs) and the Emacs 19. With this mode you can edit html pages for the world wide web. The package is written by Heiko Muenkel. It is based on the html-mode from Marc Andreessen. The Emacs Package home page is at http://www.tnt.uni-hannover.de/data/info/www/tnt/soft/info/www/html-editors/hm--html-menus/overview.html and contains links to README and ANNOUNCEMENT files for installation instructions. You can download the package from any of these sites.

html-helper mode

html-helper-mode is an emacs mode to make editing HTML files easier, inspired by Marc Andreessen's html-mode. html-helper-mode does most of the things that html-mode does, but with a slightly different interface and lots of new features. More information can be found at the html-helper-mode home page, including links to documentation and other add-on packages written by other users.


This editor, from GNN (an arm of AOL), has garnered excelent reviews for its ease of use and for the generation of accurate HTML. It is essentially a WYSIWYG editor, with support for all HTML3.2 elements. It includes a graphical viewer for visualizing webs of documents, as well as the ability to "publish" the documents by tranferring them to a remote server. Additional information, and access to the downloadable binaries, is found at http://www.tools.gnn.com/press/index.html. A similar product, AOLPress, is available for PC and Macintosh platforms.

HoTMetaL Free and Pro

SoftQuad's HoTMetaL Pro is a commercial HTML editor, but this very effective implementation is available, for free, via anonymous FTP. Currently the only Unix version is for Sun computers but other versions should be soon available. There is a also a Windows version. There are several anonymous FTP sources: one is at ftp.digital.com, while another is the NCSA ftp archive -- but this site is so busy you had best try elsewhere. If this is the case, SoftQuad maintains a mirror site list at http://www.sq.com/products/hotmetal/hm-ftp.htm.


Phoenix X-Windows WYSIWYG HTML Editor

Phoenix is a popular WYSIWYG X-Windows editor with useful cut-and-paste features. The Phoenix home page contains installation and usage instructions, and can be found at http://www.bsd.uchicago.edu/ftp/pub/phoenix/README.html. You can also download the source directly via anonymous FTP from http://www.bsd.uchicago.edu/ftp/pub/phoenix/phoenix-0.1.8.tar.gz.

Quadralay WebWorks Publisher

WebWorksTM Publisher 3.0 is an easy to use, full-featured system for the creation and maintenance of professional quality World Wide Web pages and hypermedia documents. WebWorks Publisher allows you to use your favorite authoring tools to create professional-quality documents perfect for publishing on the Internet Web.

But -- WebWorks is not a standalone product -- you need to use FrameMaker to do the document workup.

Additional information about WebWorks can be found at the Quadralay home site, at http://www.quadralay.com/. Evaluation copies are available for downloading, from http://www.quadralay.com/eval/

tkHTML -- tcl / tk HTML Editor

tkHTML is a tcl/tk-based HTML document editor for X11. It has almost all the standard editing features of a word processor, as well as special functions for editing HTML documents. TkHTML also has WYSIWYG previewing, so you can see what your document will look like, as you work. Version 2.4 supports Netscape tables. For more information, see the tkHTML home page at http://www.ssc.com/~roland/tkHTML/tkHTML.html. You can also download the archive directly from ftp://ftp.u.washington.edu/public/roland/tkHTML/tkHTML-2.4.tar.gz.

WebMagic Author

Part of SGI's WebForce Software Environment, WebMagic Author has an intuitive graphical user interface to produce HTML. As you type text in a WYSIWYG interface, an HTML document is created automatically. This lets you focus on the content of your Web documents without having to edit awkward HTML language tags. For convenience, WebMagic Author includes a set of predefined templates to quickly create home pages, a company page, or a product page. WebMagic Author supports standard HTML 2.0, including lists, inline images, and entry of international characters. It also supports "unknown tags," making it easy to import legacy documents as well as edit outside the HTML 2.0 standards. Web pages created with WebMagic Author are viewable with any Web viewer supporting HTML 2.0. For more information, or to purchase WebMagic Author, see the WebMagic Author home page at http://www.sgi.com/Products/WebFORCE/WebForceSoft.html.

WYSIWYG HTML Editor ('ez')

This WYSIWYG HTML editor for UNIX was written with the Andrew User Interface System by Nick Williams. It supports a variety of inline image formats, full WYSIWYG editing and printing, ISO character support, and future HTML+ support. For more information see the WYSIWYG HTML Editor home page at http://web.cs.city.ac.uk/homes/njw/htmltext/htmltext.html which contains links to a FAQ list, the source, and the precompiled binary for SunOS4.1 and X11.
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