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If youíve read Dan Wellman's introductory series on XUL, youíll know that there are better uses for your humble text editor than creating stylesheets. The move from Notepad to a dedicated CSS editor will increase your output and give you an advanced environment in which to develop more complicated and effective stylesheets.

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By: Dan Wellman
Rating: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars / 17
June 15, 2005
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Super Styling with a Dedicated CSS Editor
  2. · Cascade DTP and Causeway CSS
  3. · CoffeeCup and Astyle
  4. · JustStyle and The Morphon
  5. · Rapid CSS and Style Studio
  6. · TopStyle Pro

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Super Styling with a Dedicated CSS Editor - Cascade DTP and Causeway CSS
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Cascade DTP v4 (free) was the next program I had a play around with; the application is not a dedicated CSS editor (as the name led me to believe).  It allows you to create HTML documents using a desktop publishing approach and then style your content.  It was easy enough to use and took little time in mastering.  It is simple to add and style common web page elements including text, images, scrollbars and links; you simply add the html element to the page and a pop up box appears which allows you to set the style options and add whatever content you feel necessary.


Cascade Text Styling


Cascade Scroll Styling

The default save method is to include the stylesheet inline with the html document, which detracts from the reason for using the application in the first place.  It is possible to save the html and CSS documents separately, although I found that I repeatedly had to tweak the resulting html document in a text editor to get it to function with my stylesheet correctly.  All in all, this is not bad for a free program, and may appeal to those of you that are visually oriented and want to do minimal hand coding.  Professionals may feel slightly let down by this application.

Download Cascade at: http://www.price-media.demon.co.uk/cascade.html.

Causeway CSS Editor (free), produced by Richard Smith, is a very basic and almost minimalist tree-style CSS editor.


Causeway

It is a free application and allows you to create simple stylesheets in minutes.  It doesnít come with a help file, but this is probably because the program is so simple one is not needed.


Causeway Adding a New Style

Selectors are defined in the left pane of the window, and their values are defined in the right hand pane.  I liked it for its simplicity, but Iím struggling to find anything else to say about it; it really is that small a program.

Download Causeway at: http://www.causeway.co.uk/freestuf/cssedit/.


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