an easy Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor

I’m lazy when it comes to HTML authoring.  There are few ocassions I need to write HTML — typically only for writing nice ads for Craigslist or eBay.  And when I do, I’d prefer to write them quickly with a WYSIWYG {1} editor.  Here’s how I discovered a neat and cheap way of doing just that on Mac OS.

For a while, I was using an open source editor called KompoZer, but it was extremely clunky and prone to crashes, not to mention that it just wasn’t very Mac-centric in its design esthetic. So on a hunch, I tried opening an HTML file with Mac OS’s TextEdit, the built-in text editor.  Lo and behold, the file opened right up in a WYSIWYG manner, i.e., TextEdit opened it as a browser would open it:

TextEdit view

This is great, because of course TextEdit is, after all, an editor.  What would happen if I then proceed to edit the markup?  Turns out, the application handles the HTML pretty well.  To then view the actual code, I open the same file in another more code-authoring application called TextWrangler, another free-for-private-use tool.  Sure, the code produced by WYSIWYG editors are always a bit bloated.  But you know, TextEdit’s automated code was not bad at all.

TextWrangler_view1
TextWrangler view

Footnotes:

  1. What You See Is What You Get, or an IDE that writes the code to produce the “look and feel” of what you’re writing in the editor.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WYSIWYG []

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