FYI: jstar, which comes with many Linux distros and is
on this account's FreeBSD system, is Joe Allen's joe
wordstar mode. Free. GPL
jstar(1): Joe's Own Editor - Linux man page
Robert Sawyer's agrees with you on WordPerfect
WordStar: A Writer's Word Processor
There's a lot of really well written software available GPL/GNU.
Our customers all run MS systems, however, so we have to concentrate
on that realm of bizarreness.
Never thought about it enough to write an essay on the subject, but I
agree with what he says. I am embarrassed to admit that most of my
work is done on MS systems, and I find myself spending more time
looking at the keyboard to find those insipid function keys these days
than actually typing. ;-)
Thanks for the info,
I have discovered that proper tools for proper jobs are required in all fields.
I spent a year's worth of 'a couple-of-hours-a-day' messing with all kinds of
web design kits.
I finally borrowed a copy of Adobe GoLive...2 weeks later I bought it as the one
I evaluated had been superceded by 2 versions.
It helped to read the manual in order to get the text scaling and auto
justifying (with hyphenation *g*) etc. happening.
A lot of time was spent on previewing and resolving the gamma conflicts.
The site has been rock solid and updates are a snap.
I don't work for Adobe, just a happy Go-Live customer.
Layers are what you should be using now that CSS support has matured in
all browsers. CSS support is not perfect in all browsers, but I have
found that it is adequate to do what I want for my personal website. You
can specify if a layer has a fixed or variable size, and you can specify
if it's location is fixed or dynamic.
I have to disagree with designing page layout based on tables. This
restricts your page layout to be only what you can accomplish with table
tags. You should only use tables when you need to present data in a
table fashion, but do not design your entire page around tables.
However, if you don't want to use CSS, then you can use tables for page
layout. However, using tables over CSS for page layout is analogous to
driving a riding lawn mower to work instead of using a car. Both get you
there, but one of them does a much better job.
This is important, as not everyone can see fonts that you may have
installed on your computer.
Take a look at my site.
The big advantage of CSS is being able to restructure your site without
modifying HTML code. My site has a header at the top, links on the left,
and content on the right. If I decided to put the links on the right and
remove the header, I can do this for every page on my website just by
editing 1 css file.
If you want to get a feel for how powerful CSS is, visit
Look at the various pages that people have submitted to see how the
layouts change by only modifying the 1 CSS file. People do create lots
of images that are defined in the CSS files to achieve their own look.
I just went back to the previous thread on your site and saw that Dave
already pointed you to this site. When I first stumbled upon this CSS
goldmine, I spent a few hours learning basic CSS. Most of my learning
came by modifying the css file to see the effect.
I understand that not everyone wants to take the time to learn something
new, but if you're serious about layout on your site, you really need to
Nvu is a free WYSIWYG HTML editor with CSS support. It isn't as polished
as Dreamweaver or Frontpage, but it is free.
I only use a text editor with syntax coloring (TextPad) for modifying my
site. I've been writing HTML for over 10 years now, and know enough for
what I need to use. I know enough CSS that I can write it without a CSS
editor, but I do consult CSS references for help when doing something new.
I'm not one of those people who brag about using a text editor and mock
those who use tools such as Dreamweaver. For the amount of HTML
authoring I do, those tools aren't necessary. I used Dreamweaver when
building a website for one of my clients a few years back and loved it -
especially the template feature. Now, all of the web application
development I do for clients is back end Java stuff, so the only UI work
I get to do now is my personal site.
It wasn't clear, but I meant explicitly positioned layers.
i.e. - top = 50 left = 35
It's been a problem here, but only when font sizes change due to bad
equivalencies or user configuration.
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