Tools to Build Web Pages
Other Tools to fill in the gaps

Tools to Build Web Pages 

If you create lots of web pages or are managing a 'site', you might need to augment your toolbox with a few 'helper' applications. Here's a sampling of free products or the best in their class.

HTML Validators

If you create your pages with a code editor or, heaven forbid, Notepad, VI or Emacs, then invest in a HTML validator. One such validator is: CSE HTML Validator which you can find at: www.htmlvalidator.com

HTML Converters

Lots of WordPerfect files? Lotus? Excel, etc. and you don't like the web pages the office products produce? Get HTML Transit (www.htmltransit.com). It's expensive but worth it in labor saving.

Web Site Managers

If you have more than a dozen web pages to maintain, then consider yourself a web master. All real web masters use some kind of web-site maintenance tools.

Corel Web-site Builder comes with WP Suite 8, but it lacks the management powers found in AOL Press. Skip Web-site builder and use AOL Press.

For those who are maintaining a complicated web-site, the only free product I know of is Frontier (www.scripting.com/frontier5). Lots of power and a long learning curve but it looks like it is worth considering.

Image Editors

Need to create a button, arrow, image map? Lots of drawing programs out there that will produce GIF and JPEG images. What's the best for under $100? Paint Shop Pro 5(~ $80; www.jasc.com) has been favorably compared to Adobe Photoshop (~ $700).

PSP5 is a bit-map image editor and includes Animation Shop where in under 5 minutes I created:

 

 


 Last Updated on September 05, 2002
 

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