1. Technology

Linux/UNIX Text HTML Editors


21. Vim

Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Vim is an extended version of vii. It has all the benefits of vi plus some improvements. Vim is not as readily available on Linux systems as vi is, but when it’s available it can really help streamline your web editing. Vim is not specifically a web editor, but as a text editor it's long been one of my favorites. There are also lots of scripts created by the community to help improve Vim. One that I saw recently that made me laugh was a Vim Twitter client!

Version: 7.3
Score: 102 / 33%

22. Quanta Plus

Quanta Plus
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Quanta is a web development environment based off of KDE. So it offers all the support and functionality of KDE within it, including site management and FTP capabilities. Quanta can be used to edit XML, HTML, and PHP as well as other text based web documents.

Version: 3.5.9
Score: 100.5 / 32%

23. gEdit

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Gedit is a GNOME text editor for Linux and UNIX with binaries for Windows and Macintosh. It offers good functionality for a text editor, but not all of the features you might want for a fully robust web page editor. This editor was recommended to me by About.com Web Design/HTML site readers.

Version: 2.30.2
Score: 97.5 / 31%

24. Cream

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Cream extends Vim to make it easier to use for the average person. If you’re used to using Vi or Vim but are tired of having to remember all the commands, then Cream is a great alternative. It doesn't come out of the box with a lot of HTML support, but there are add-ons you can get for both Vim and Cream to make it handle HTML editing more effectively.

Version: 0.42
Score: 97 / 31%

25. SlickEdit

Screen shot by J Kyrnin

SlickEdit is a coder’s text editor. It isn’t specifically an HTML or XML editor, but it does have support for both languages. I love that you can customize how the code is formatted so you can have the HTML indented exactly how you want it. If you do a lot of coding in other programming languages like Java, C/C++, and so on, you'll like that you can edit your HTML pages right in the same editor with SlickEdit.

Version: 2010
Score: 97 / 31%

26. Zend Studio Pro

Zend Studio Pro
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Zend Studio is a PHP IDE that works well for most web designers who need to manage PHP websites. It is most effective if you already use the Zend server, as it will automatically detect the server and give you more features and functionality to go with that framework.

Version: 7.2
Score: 96 / 31%

27. Xeena

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Xeena is a free XML editor from IBM. It can be used to edit web pages as well as XML. You need to get an IBM account to download. The Xeena website does not appear to have been updated since 1999.

Version: 1.2
Score: 94 / 30%

28. vi

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One of the best things about vi is that it is everywhere. If you build a web page on Linux or Macintosh servers, vi will be available for you to edit with. It can be very hard to learn and doesn’t offer a lot of extra features, but the fact that it’s everywhere makes it very useful to know. There are many different versions, but this makes a good default text editor for when you don't have any other available.

Version: 20
Score: 92 / 30%

29. Cute User-Friendly Text Editor

Cute User-Friendly Text Editor
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Cute is a Linux/Unix text editor. It doesn't have a lot of features specific to web page editing, but it can save sessions and open multiple documents at once so it's easier to use than some text editors. Professional web developers who are comfortable working with text documents should find CUTE useful. It hasn't been updated since 2004, and support may be limited.

Version: 0.2.9
Score: 79 / 25%

30. Rendera

Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Rendera is an online tool built to help you learn HTML5 and CSS 3. You simply type in the code you want to test and see it rendered on the screen. It's not a great editor for building entire sites, but if all you want to do is see how certain HTML5 tags or CSS 3 tags will look, it's a great tool.

Version: 0.8.0
Score: 73 / 24%

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