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Jennifer Kyrnin

Editors should have what you need and nothing you don't

By February 26, 2013

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This user submission made my day this morning. When asked “What is Your Favorite CSS Editor?” Chris replied:

VIM
It's my favorite everything editor! It hilights and properly indents pretty much everything you could throw at it. It has lots of powerful keybord shortcuts so there is no time wasted grabbing the mouse. I see no reason why anyone would use anything other than VIM.

VIM can be used as an HTML editor as well as a CSS editor. But what I like best about this comment is that Chris knows exactly what he wants and how to do it, so he knows how to get the best editor for him (it probably doesn't hurt that VIM is free…).

But what if you don't know what you want in a web editor? It's a lot harder to pick one that works for you if you don't know what to look for. It's easy, then, to settle for an editor that is just on your computer like Notepad or one that is free.

This article: Before You Buy a Web Editor is a good tool to help you understand what you need to know to be able to choose a good web page editor for you. Everything has a cost, even things that are free, and you don't want your web editor to cost you poor web designs.

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