Mac HTML editor FAQ: What is the best free Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor?
As I continue my quest to find a great, simple, and free Mac HTML WYSIWYG editor ... well, I still can't find anything that blows me away. But I will give you my take on the best free Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor I can find right now.
The ground rules for my best free Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor are the same as they were the last time I did this search: I just want to find a great free Mac HTML editor I can use to create articles for my websites. I don't need to create an entire website, I just need a Mac HTML editor where I can write one blog page at a time.
That one wish led to these basic features I want in a free Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor:
Second, here is a short list of "nice to have" free Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor features:
UPDATE: I've changed my mind -- "flip-flopped" in political terms -- and I've switched to using SeaMonkey. Amaya probably generates cleaner code, but SeaMonkey is a much better overall experience. I'll update this article when I have more time, but I just wanted to share that as of January 6, 2010, I think SeaMonkey is the best free Mac HTML editor I can find.
(It's now June 14, 2010, and I'm still happy with SeaMonkey.)
I'm very surprised, but the best free Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor I can find is the W3C Amaya editor. It's still not at all ideal, but I give it the following points:
Unfortunately it still comes with some "cons" to go with those "pros":
Given all those pro's and con's, Amaya is the best free Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor I can find right now, and in fact, this blog post is being created with Amaya.
I'm not going to write much about these other Mac HTML editors, because they were all disappointing in different ways, but for this review I also looked at:
Okay, I will say one thing about these tools: As a programmer, I don't like the HTML they generate. I think they're all built from the same core engine (Kompozer is definitely supposed to be a bug fix of NVU), and they generate BR tags instead of P tags in many (wrong) places, and also create non-breaking space code ( ) at seemingly random intervals.
So, even though Amaya still has some issues, it's not too bad to use, and it does create clean HTML.
Follow-up note, January 4, 2010: I have tried using SeaMonkey again for the last few days, and I have worked through the BR tag issue. To fix the problem, when you begin editing a new document, if you manually switch the editor to "Paragraph" mode, SeaMonkey will properly create closing paragraph tags instead of BR tags.
(This "Best Free Mac WYSIWYG HTML Editor" article was last updated on January 4, 2010.)