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Super Styling with a Dedicated CSS Editor

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
  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 - TopStyle Pro
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TopStyle Pro 3.1 ($79.99) is a CSS and HTML creation software package that is aimed at professional/corporate users.  It is the most expensive CSS editor I have come across at $79.99 for a single site license, although the more site licenses you buy, the cheaper it gets.  Itís laid out nicely and is presented well, but for that price, I would expect it to deliver something more than previous programs Iíd looked at.  In reality, TopStyle offered less than most of the previous applications in its class.

TopStyle Code Complete

TopStyle Link Wizard

One feature it does excel at however, is the code completion engine that steps in automatically when rules are defined, allowing you to very quickly build powerful and compliant stylesheets.  It offers validation carried out by connecting to the W3 CSS validator, style checking and a built-in linking wizard to quickly integrate your stylesheet with existing web pages.  It looks good and it works well (other than code completion) but it leaves me wondering whether it is really worth what TopStyle are asking for it.

Download TopStyle Pro at: http://www.bradsoft.com/topstyle/.

This brings me to the end of my foray into the world of CSS editing applications.  There may be programs out there that I havenít looked at, but Iíve tried to include a full range of available editors, from very the basic free editors, to feature packed and costly ones.   I hope that you can use the information here to make an informed decision on which application is right for you.

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