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The 10 Worst Windows HTML Editors

Web Editors to Avoid

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If you’re looking for an HTML editor for Windows, there are lots of great choices out there. But these are not them. These web editors for Windows are some of the worst I’ve found after doing an evaluation of over 130 editors (criteria). If you must choose an HTML editor, don’t choose one from this list. Try an editor from this list instead: Best Windows Web Editors.

Each editor below will have a score, percentage, and a link to a more detailed review. All reviews were completed between September and November 2010. This list was compiled on November 7, 2010.

1. EditLive! for XML

EditLive! for XML
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

EditLive! for XML is an XML editor for companies that need to allow XML manipulation by non-technical developers. It is one of the few WYSIWYG XML editors I've seen. The editor takes the schema or DTD and turns it into a form for the user to fill in the data. It wouldn't work well as a web page editor, but if you have customers who need to use XML but aren't comfortable with it, this could be a great solution.

Version: 3.1
Score: 34 / 11%

2. Manila

Manila
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Manila is really more of a content management system for web servers than a web editor. It is best if you have a website and need to allow non-technical people to edit or maintain it. But it's not so good for professional developers wanting to create a new website from scratch. The price also puts it out of range for most individuals and even some small businesses.

Version: 9.6
Score: 38 / 12%

3. XMLFox Advance

XMLFox Advance
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

XMLFox Advance is a validating XML editor that can be used to write XHTML. If you’re planning on using this for web pages, be sure you understand HTML. It doesn’t offer a lot of features specific to HTML editing, but you can use it to write XHTML documents. It has a validator in it, but to validate HTML, you need an XSD schema.

There are two versions of XMLFox: XML Fox (free editor) and XML Fox Advance.

Version: 3
Score: 38 / 12%

4. XMLFox Advance

XMLFox Advance
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

XMLFox Advance is a text editor for Windows best suited to Professional Web Developers. It costs $66.99. There is a free trial.

Rating

1 Stars
Score: 18 / 7%

XMLFox is an XML editor, and it doesn't have many features that Web developers or Web designers are looking for. And there are better free, and lower priced XML editors available as well.

5. eWebEditPro+XML

eWebEditPro+XML
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

eWebEditPro+XML is a WYSIWYG editor for Windows Macintosh Linux/UNIX best suited to Professional Web Developers and Professional Web Designers. It costs $604.00. There is a free trial.

Rating

1 Stars
Score: 21.5 / 8%

eWebEditPro+XML is an okay XML editor, but it doesn't have a lot of features tailored to Web development. Plus, you can find lots of other XML editors for less than the $600 pricetag.

6. 350 Pages Standard and 350 Pages Lite

350 Pages Standard
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

350 Pages Standard is a WYSIWYG editor for Windows Macintosh Linux/UNIX best suited to Small business owners and Newcomers to Design. It costs $79.99.

Rating

2 Stars
Score: 27 / 10%

350 Pages is really a hosting provider first, and then a Web editor. The difference is that you can use their program to create and edit your pages on their server. But because of this, you can't simply buy the software, it's only available as part of the hosting plan which costs from $39.99 to $79.99 per year.

7. xmlPro

xmlPro
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

XMLPro is a validating XML editor. It is not easy to use as an HTML editor, but it is possible. It is free to individuals, educational institutions and not-for-profits. But licensing options are available for business use. This is a GUI XML editor.

Version: 2.01
Score: 46 / 15%

8. EditLive!

EditLive!
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

EditLive! is WYSIWYG HTML editor that companies can use to embed in web applications such as content management systems (CMS). It offers the ability to edit both in WYSIWYG mode and in HTML mode. One of the things I liked was that it has a built-in accessibility analyzer. This makes it easy to write accessible pages. I couldn't find an HTML validator. This is a great tool for web designers who include a CMS or wiki in their deliveries as then clients can maintain the pages themselves after they are built.

Version: 7.5
Score: 49 / 16%

9. Notepad

Notepad
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

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.

Version: 7
Score: 49 / 16%

10. Angel Writer

Angel Writer
Screen shot by J Kyrnin

Angel Writer is not really a web editor, it's an RTF text editor that can save documents as HTML. It doesn't write valid XHTML and it adds a lot of attributes and tags that have been replaced by style sheets. It did put some styles in, but not where I expected it to. If you're looking for a free web page editor, there are many others that offer better functionality. This is a fine document editor, but not a good web page editor.

Version: 3.2
Score: 54 / 17%

What are the most important features of a Web editor?

What do you think are the most important features of a Web editor? Is it the price? WYSIWYG? HTML code validation? Something else?

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