You've learned your Web programming language well enough that using a plain vanilla text editor no longer instructs; it slows you down. In short, you're ready for an XHTML editor. Which one should you choose? Dan Wellman checks them out, and discovers you may not have to spend any money at all to get one that suits your needs just fine.
But when youíre feeling a little more confident in your language of choice, you may begin to tire of typing out the same old tags, document after document after document. Youíll begin to find that using your plain old text editor is now boring you and slowing you down. Itís easy to lose interest in the task at hand when that task has become pure monotony, and losing interest in the site you are building can mean only failure or mediocrity at best, which is bad news for anyone planning on reeling in the surfers. Of course, some people never tire of the simplicity and power of the humble text editor, and this is fine, but for those of you that want to focus on content, you may find a dedicated "what you see is what you get" editor just the tool youíre looking for.
For experienced HTML coders, making the switch to XHTML will be a relatively easy step to take; include some basic XML declarations, adhere to a few basic rules, remember not to use certain tags and youíre pretty much there. Once youíve gotten out of the bad habits formed while using HTML, you may find that using an XHTML editor increases your output of valid, well-formed documents. If you do decide that this is the way forward for you, one of the following examples of this type of software may be exactly what you are looking for.
Unfortunately, there do not seem to be a great many stand-alone, dedicated XHTML editors around, which I can only attribute to the relative newness of the specification. This can be seen either as a good thing, because there are not that many to choose from, or a bad thing, because there are not that many to choose from! What I mean is that finding an editor you like won't be a particularly time consuming task. Hopefully, after reading this, it will be even easier!