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November 28, 2002

Thank goodness for vacations

I've been feverishly working on the new content management system and rewrite of BowlingFans.com's code to strictly comply with CSS2 and XTHML 1.1. I still have a lot left to do.

I've learned a lot more about CSS thanks to this process and I'm amazed at all the tricks it has up its sleeve. I'm sorry I never took the time to learn it before this past summer. There isn't a better way to format for the web. As soon as I'm done with BowlingFans I'm going to have to go through and update all my other sites as well.

The past couple days I've been using AceHTML 5 Pro and TopStyle Pro 3 instead of HotDog Pro 6 and TextPad 4.5 which were my favorite HTML and text editors, respectively. I used TextPad as my CSS editor but you can't compare it with TopStyle Pro for the creation and editing of CSS Style Sheets. TextPad still remains a great text editor and I'll continue to use it for Perl scripting.

After using AceHTML for just these last couple days I'm almost certain to stop using HotDog. HotDog is pretty buggy and doesn't support XHTML yet. Its HTML validator wasn't ever that wonderful, even when it was current with the standards. More over, many of it's features are not implemented as well as AceHTML's. AceHTML on the other hand, is much more feature rich (with much more smarter features) and has very intuitive and natural interface. The only thing AceHTML lacks compared to HotDog is the easy right click file upload.

I must warn you that neither AceHTML Pro or TopStyle Pro are intended for web design neophytes. Actually, I believe they're best suited to very advanced designers who have a deep understanding of HTML and CSS. Any potential user should also be very comfortable delving into code and writing it mostly by hand! If you're looking for click to build wizards or a simple FrontPage type program these two are not for you. However, if you enjoy coding by hand in notepad or another text editor you really should try these two incredibly well designed HTML and CSS editors. I plan on registering them very soon and making them my primary design tools.

AceHTML 5 Pro: star.gifstar.gifstar.gifstar.gifstar.gif (5 out of 5 stars)
TopStyle Pro 3: star.gifstar.gifstar.gifstar.gifstar.gif (5 out of 5 stars)

Posted in BowlingFans.com , Software & Downloads by usrbingeek at 2002-11-28 02:44 ET (GMT-5) | 0 Comments | Permalink



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