HTML and CSS Reference
namic content, use a good layout tool. If you are producing a content-
rich document, use a tool that provides good editorial assistance.
No matter which type you use, there are some common considerations
to keep in mind when selecting an HTML editor:
Is it up-to-date?
No HTML editor is yet entirely up-to-date with the current standar-
ds, particularly CSS2. Read the product specifications and update
Does it include a source editor?
Although you may load an HTML editor-generated document into a
different text editor to change the source, it's much more conveni-
ent if the editor itself lets you view and edit the HTML source. Also,
make sure that your HTML editor doesn't automatically "fix" your
Is it modifiable?
Ideally, the HTML editor should let you customize its behavior to
fit your specifications. For example, at a minimum you should be
allowed to choose your own font colors, styles, and backgrounds,
if those are automatically included in the editor's boilerplate docu-
Is it affordable and reliable?
We can't stress enough that you get what you pay for. If creating
web pages is more than just a passing fancy, get the best editor
you can find. Find one that is well supported and well reviewed by
other HTML authors. Ask around, and perhaps join an HTML au-
thor's newsgroup to get the latest scoop on products.