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Are there any free open source HTML editors?

Hello. I have Microsoft Office 2003 installed, but no frontpage is installed. I don't know why not. It was an OEM installation.

Can anyone recommend an open source replacement?


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marked as duplicate by random, ChrisF, fretje, Ivo Flipse Mar 26 '10 at 12:44

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FrontPage is now discontinued.

It was replaced by SharePoint Designer 2007

SharePoint Designer is now free

From Wikipedia:

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer is a free WYSIWYG HTML editor and web design program from Microsoft for SharePoint and other websites and is part of the SharePoint family of products. It is part of the Microsoft Office 2007 family, but not included in any of the Office 2007 suites. The name change, from FrontPage, reflects the emphasis on designing and customizing SharePoint websites, while Microsoft Expression Web is the full-featured successor to FrontPage. SharePoint Designer shares its codebase, UI and HTML rendering engine with Microsoft Expression Web, and does not rely on Internet Explorer's Trident engine, which is less standards compliant.1 One of its differences from the general web design application, Expression Web, is that it does include only SharePoint-specific site templates. It retains more FrontPage features than Expression Web such as web components, database, marquee, hit counter, navigation bars, insert maps etc.

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It looks like there is a free Expression Web trial at, though the software costs money after the trial – dsolimano Mar 17 '10 at 21:56
SharePoint Designer is free forever! – Shevek Mar 17 '10 at 22:20
I like it. Thanks. – Xavierjazz Mar 18 '10 at 6:41
Sharepoint designer was not the replacement. Expression web products replaced FrontPage. You can alos do simple HTML editing in Word – Dave M Mar 18 '10 at 12:01
@DaveM - Yes and no. Whilst Expression replaced FrontPage as Microsoft's commercial web design app, SharePoint Designer is also a replacement as it is the same code base, just renamed for the new version and with specific SharePoint Server functionality added. – Shevek Mar 18 '10 at 14:15

FrontPage has never been part of any Office 2003 install I have seen. Sorry I can't suggest an alternate.

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FP2003 was indeed a standalone only product. More info on Wikipedia – Shevek Mar 17 '10 at 21:16

KomPozer is a decent open source WYSIWIG html editor, though it doesn't replicate the full functionality of FrontPage.

I personally use Emacs for most of my HTML editing needs, but I doubt that is what you're looking for coming from FrontPage.

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All I want to be able to do is format short email PR announcements regarding musical shows I am producing. – Xavierjazz Mar 17 '10 at 21:07
I think you should be fine with this then - it behaves similarly to a word processor. – dsolimano Mar 17 '10 at 21:56

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