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New website editor software released

By Ian Chamberlain. Published: 19th Aug 2003, 21:56:24 | Permalink | Printable

It's a WebWonder we heard about this

Screenshot of WebWOnderLove them or hate them, WYSIWYG HTML editors are an easy way for non-techies to create web pages. There are a whole host of options on other platforms, including the well-known Dreamweaver application. RISC OS has also had several offerings. The main complaint, however, was that such programs generally produce low quality output; the source is messy and contains many redundant tags. We were pleased, therefore, when we stumbled accoss an unfamiliar program by the name of WebWonder produced by David Snell - the author of the ProCAD+ computer aided design package.

WebWonder provides a DTP-like environment where text and images can be arranged on a page without the need to know any HTML. The WebWonder website states that it allows users "to quickly and cheaply create their own website and publish it. It may also be used by software developers to produce HTML help files that act as an electronic manual to their programs".

The website goes on to say that with WebWonder, users can manually create tables and also generate them automatically from CSV files. Form creation, for on-line ordering, and automatically generated photograph galleries are also amongst its impressive range of features.

WebWonder comes with a 64 page colour printed manual and is relatively low-cost so that it appeals to its target audience of beginners and enthusiasts.

We looked at various websites that were created with WebWonder and were impressed that the HTML was not the messy and bloated output that we have come to expect from other similar programs. Drobe.co.uk will be obtaining a copy of WebWonder shortly, so that we can bring you a full review in the near future. Watch this space!

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Not sure of whether Sitewriter is still being updated, but this looks like an interesting piece of software. QA and updates are very very important here. Whatever is said about nested tables, when used well, it's very handy. This software needs to provide for that (currently it doesn't) until CSS support is good enough one day to do away with tables.

I still maintain however that Dreamweaver is the best WYSIWYG web editor out there, in terms of code-bloat (or lack of), so I disagree with your generalisation of this software market.

Looking forward to the development of this package. Great stuff!

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 20/8/03 2:34AM
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Sitewriter can be found at www.dansoft.co.nz

-- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 20/8/03 2:37AM
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This seems a much needed piece of software. Let's hope it gets some decent advertising, I haven't heard of Sitewriter for ages. -- God Save the Queen

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/8/03 9:58AM
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the demo sites don't validate :( :( -- Jess

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 20/8/03 2:17PM
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I've spoken to the author of SiteWriter and it's no longer being developed. One of the problems with SiteWriter was that it couldn't open existing HTML pages. WebWonder seems to manage this to an extent.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 20/8/03 2:59PM
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Well, they might not be messy and bloated, but they're unreadable here, with white text on a white background (after some setting changing, it's because it's only setting background colour). Plus it uses the font element - [link]

 is a RISC OS Usermatthew on 20/8/03 3:13PM
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Yeahh, those sites are very basic, you could hand-code them in minutes.

Why bother with a half-arsed attempt at a WYSIWYG editor, you might as well go all the way (Dreamweaver/GoLive) or just hand-code.

-- #include "sig.h"

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 20/8/03 5:14PM
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I really don't like this moderating system, but even though many of you may not see simos post (having been moderated out of sight) I'm going to reply to it anyway.

The point is that some people have no interest in learning to hand code HTML and will want to produce a few web pages as simply and easily as possible. WebWonder allows them to do this.

Also WW is a fairly new product (we don't get many of those either) and therefore in development. Who knows what features may be added to it in the future. Cheers!

 is a RISC OS Userfwibbler on 20/8/03 7:43PM
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Better a simple page than some abomination coded by a "designer"

It's obviously aimed at the "I want to make a little website" group of people, not the "I want to use CSS for good/evil" groups.

What does the manual say about good web page writing? Newcomers like Sam Francisco aren't likely to know about background colour problems, validation etc, it's up to the manual to explain why you should do these things.

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 20/8/03 8:26PM
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Oh I dunno, I think some things need to be left up to experience and feedback from potential viewers of your website. It becomes clear very quickly why you shouldn't have dark purple text on a dark green background, for instance.

David

 is a RISC OS Userskeeter on 21/8/03 6:11PM
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But white text on a not specified background, or on a black background graphic with no background colour also specified causes problems with certain setups which people should be made aware of. Similarly not using absolute font sizes so people can chage the text size, whoops drobe.co.uk.

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 22/8/03 7:07AM
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Using fixed font sizes is, indeed, a curse on those of us who have have less than brilliant eye-sight.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 22/8/03 4:08PM
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Or with a large screen res on a smaller screen, or sitting far away, or using a tv screen, etc etc.

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 30/8/03 3:08PM
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