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Improved Web Development using HTML-Kit


HTML-Kit is a free text editor that will allow you to have complete control over the code you create and will also help speed up web page development. Coding a web page can become quite complex especially when you are using a variety of technologies. Unlike the C programmer who may create an application using one language, the web developer is often required to integrate different technologies. HTML-Kit has a number of unique features and plug-ins that help simplify this process. To follow this discussion some knowledge of HTML and other web technologies is required.

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By: Peter Lavin
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May 25, 2004
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Improved Web Development using HTML-Kit
  2. · Change Settings
  3. · Getting Started with HTML-Kit
  4. · Previewing and Uploading Files
  5. · Other Tips and Tricks

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Improved Web Development using HTML-Kit - Other Tips and Tricks
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Need to quickly convert a Word document into an HTML file but you don't want all that extraneous code that is generated? HTML-Kit can help you here. Save your Word document as HTML and then open it in HTML-Kit. Choose the menu options, "Actions", "Tools", "HTML Tidy" and finally "Strip surplus tags in Word 2000". You may want to further edit by hand but most of the work will have been done for you.

If you decide to upgrade your HTML files to be XHTML compliant, again you'll find that HTML-Kit can automate the procedure for you. This feature is also available under the "HTML Tidy" menu option.

If you find that you are often repeating the same piece of code you can save it as a "snippet" and insert it when needed. To do this copy the code you want to save into a separate document window and then choose "File", "Save as Extra" and "Save as Snippet". The code is then simply inserted by using the "File", "Insert" and "Insert Snippets" menu options.

Like most people you are probably overwhelmed by the sheer number and variety of options and tasks available in HTML-Kit. You may find that you know a certain feature is available but you've forgotten which menu options to choose. Well, HTML-Kit has a way of handling this too. Add commonly used tasks to the "Favorites" tab on the "Actions Bar" (the tabbed strip below the tool bar) and they are only one click away. Do this by first making sure that the "Actions Bar" is showing by clicking "View", "Actions Bar". If you right click any button on any tab of the "Actions Bar" a pop-up menu allows you to add this item to your favorites.

Conclusion

Given the complexity and the variety of technologies used to create web pages using something more than a plain text editor is desirable. Because of its many options and plug-ins HTML-Kit can help relieve the developer's burden.

Only a limited number of the capabilities of HTML-Kit have been touched on here but I think you can see that there are some very compelling reasons to use it as your HTML editor. Look for a discussion of advanced features of HTML-Kit in a future article.


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