Tools to Build Web Pages
Browser Editors: 90-lb weaklings

Tools to Build Web Pages 

Both of the fourth generation browsers (IE4 and Netscape 4) come with optional www-page editors. Use them for all your simple tasks.


  • Comes integrated with a browser so you can launch the editor/browser easily.
  • WYSIWYG editing.
  • Easy to learn. 
  • Very good table support.
  • Easy to insert HTML tags that the editor doesn't know about 


  • Very limited powers (e.g., no image maps, frames,...).
  • Need external image editor if you want to create diagrams.
  • No site management tools.
  • Somewhat buggy!!
  • Limited subset of HTML 3.2. No HTML 4, DHTML, CSS, etc.
  • No equations
  • Somewhat confusing (e.g., in one program, an HTML anchor is a 'bookmark' in the other a 'target'. But, bookmarks and targets are terms used in browsers and HTML for something else.)
  • Still need to learn some HTML.

How you use them:

  • WYSIWYG editors designed with web-page creation in mind


MS FrontPage Express

  • Optional add-on for Internet Explorer 4
  • No spell checker! 
  • Abysmal on-line documentation 
  • Web-bots, Marquee for special affects.
  • In addition to WYSIWYG, also a color-coded code editor for even more power to add power HTML code.
  • Available from 
Note: I used FPE to create this page (hence, why there might be some speling mistakes ;-{

Netscape Composer

  • Optional add-on for Netscape Communicator
  • Spell checker
  • In addition to WYSIWYG, user can specify a code editor (one doesn't come with Composer).
  • Not a well-integrated system.
  • MUCH better documentation!
  • Available from

Note: I used Composer to fix most of the speling errors :-)


My Choice/suggestions:

No true winner.  Composer (if you use Netscape), FPE (if you use IE4).


 Last Updated on September 05, 2002

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