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Notepad

The Text Editor That Comes With Windows

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Notepad

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About Notepad

Microsoft Notepad is a text editor that comes with Windows. It doesn’t offer a lot of features other than being free with your operating system. Many people write all their web pages with Notepad since it’s available for free with their OS. I don’t recommend using Notepad to write HTML, but if you have no other options, it is a usable editor.

Target Market(s): Newcomers to Web Design

Review last updated: October 27, 2011.

Notepad Latest Review

Notepad Version: 7
Score: 64
Percent: 19%
This score was generated using the methodology listed in the article: Finding the Perfect Web Editor.

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Notepad Technical Details

Operating System(s): Windows

Notepad Features

  • Text editor
  • Search and replace
  • Upgrade discounts or freeware
  • No limits on free or trial version
  • No subscription fee required

What’s Missing from Notepad

  • WYSIWYG editor
  • HTML validator
  • Accessibility validator
  • CSS validator
  • XML validator
  • Page preview
  • Alternate browser or OS preview
  • Mobile device preview
  • Mobile scripts, functions, or links
  • Create mobile web applications
  • Package mobile apps for delivery on app stores
  • Save pages as HTML with DTD
  • Write HTML 5 documents
  • Write XHTML documents
  • Color coding
  • Tag completion
  • FTP or Site manager
  • FTPs or Secure FTP
  • Extended search and replace (across multiple documents)
  • Edit multiple files/tabbed file editing
  • Edit images
  • Connects to graphics software
  • Multimedia functions
  • Assistance with adding videos to websites
  • Ability to add video and audio using HTML5 with fallback options
  • Save Adobe AIR files
  • Save files as PDF
  • Link checker
  • Special character tools
  • Can edit JavaScript
  • Helps with Ajax JSON, or jQuery pages
  • Can edit CSS
  • Additional CSS assistance
  • CSS 3 properties and selectors
  • CSS3 media queries tools built-in
  • Can edit PHP, ASP, or JSP
  • Dynamic page rendering and editing with server-side programming languages (PHP, JSP, ASP, CFM, etc.)
  • Database connectivity
  • Edit XML and/or RSS
  • Google sitemaps
  • Spell checking
  • Save snippets of code
  • Writes to blogs
  • Free templates
  • Free scripts
  • Form wizard
  • Photo gallery builder
  • Ecommerce tools
  • SEO assistance built-in
  • Captcha support or other methods of protecting forms
  • Version control
  • Support for teams editing the site (beyond version control)
  • Customizable or extendable

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