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Are there any open source tools I can use to edit HTML content? I would like something that functions like Dreamweaver or MS Frontpage.

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which platform? –  fretje Aug 7 '09 at 19:26
    
Let's assume Ubuntu since he does not say... –  Johan Sep 16 '09 at 12:24
    
Which specific features do you want? Error highlighting is one feature that I consider essential, but are there any others you're looking for? –  Anderson Green Jan 12 '13 at 1:41
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Aptana does what you're after.

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Beat me to it. I also love the fact that it's multiplatform. –  Feanor Aug 7 '09 at 17:16
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I wish Aptana wasn't built on Eclipse. But other than that, fantastic program. +1 –  Sasha Chedygov Aug 7 '09 at 18:59
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It can run standalone (or do you object to there being eclipse code inside it?) –  Martin Beckett Aug 7 '09 at 20:16
    
I was referring to it being built on the Eclipse platform. Eclipse is really slow and resource-hungry, but it's not so bad that I can't handle it. –  Sasha Chedygov Sep 15 '09 at 22:34
    
Aptana haters with the negs, gotta love it :) –  John T Nov 13 '09 at 18:19
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KompoZer. A fork of Nvu, which has apparently been abandoned.

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Cross platform (Win/Mac/Linux), I might add. –  Nathaniel Sep 1 '09 at 3:37
    
NVU did a decent job, I believe so does KompoZer –  Ram Sep 24 '09 at 11:22
    
Based on this answer I tried KompoZer instead of amaya and it does what I need. –  rics Nov 30 '09 at 20:27
    
No, no, no. When I change from Source to Design and back it jumps to the beginning. This tiny bug ruins the daily work. –  rics Jan 8 '10 at 15:23
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vi - it functions like Dreamweaver if you have the imagination!

And vim has html syntax highlighting

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Syntax highlighting, scripts, aliases, bookmarking... for those who invest the tie in it, VIM, and GVIM are like adding a third hand to your keyboard -- a smart, nice, intelligent hand (and not one of those disembodied creepy hands). –  Rolnik Aug 20 '09 at 16:01
    
+1 for not using disembodied creepy hands –  zzzzBov Nov 30 '10 at 20:31
    
-1: While I love vim and use it extensively, it is not WYSIWYG, as opposed to his two examples Dreamweaver and MS Frontpage. –  accolade Feb 3 '12 at 7:02
    
@accolade - it is if you have imagination! –  Martin Beckett Feb 6 '12 at 17:16
    
@MartinBeckett: WYIIWYG? ;) Shifts the burden to the user though. –  accolade Feb 7 '12 at 16:42
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Notepad works fine for me.

Or Notepad++ if you want to stick to free/open source and are scared of the big bad Microsoft boogeyman and their evil text editors.

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MS Notepad doesn't qualify as free/open source –  Tadeusz A. Kadłubowski Aug 7 '09 at 18:45
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Notepad++ is drastically different from notepad. It has many more features. –  Justin Dearing Aug 7 '09 at 19:23
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Justin: WTF does that have to do with anything? –  TheTXI Aug 7 '09 at 19:38
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@TheTXI: It makes more sense to recommend Notepad++ on the basis of being powerful, not on the basis of being open source. Not that the the latter is unimportant. –  Nikhil Chelliah Aug 7 '09 at 19:50
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@TheTXI: I think the point is, why would you even mention Notepad, when Notepad++ is clearly better? –  Sasha Chedygov Sep 15 '09 at 22:35
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There's the Amaya editor from W3C. It's open-source, free, and has binaries for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

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And it hangs, has problems with cursor handling and clipboard etc. –  rics Nov 23 '09 at 21:36
    
It is really a pity that it is not stable. It has cool features, like F2 for going to parent html element, F4 to next html element that are missing in other editors. –  Antony Hatchkins Feb 24 '12 at 13:20
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Are there any open source tools I can use to edit HTML content?

There are quite a few. In addition to the recommendations posted here by others, you might want to check out Comparison of HTML editors in Wikipedia. (In the first table you can clearly see which ones are free / open-source.)

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If you're on linux or a mac, you can try bluefish

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there's also a windows port: code.google.com/p/bluefish-win –  Chuck Aug 19 '09 at 3:02
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Bespin from Mozilla is another very interesting take on HTML editing. Not quite prime-time yet, but very cool ideas.

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+1 for Bespin, really cool app –  Ram Sep 24 '09 at 11:22
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Notepad++ is great for basic HTML editing.

http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm

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-1: Not WYSIWYG, as opposed to his two examples Dreamweaver and MS Frontpage. –  accolade Feb 3 '12 at 7:11
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There are several Free html editors, there are even free websites that will allow you to use a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor that feels more like Word than an editor.

If you are looking for a free HTML editor, a basic HTML editor where you actually have to hand code in everything, try doing a search on google for one, I'm sure it will yeild plenty of options.

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I usually code pages by hand these days, but back when I used HTML editors I liked NVU a lot. It's free, pretty sure it's GPL

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NVU is dead. But a fork of it called kompozer is maintained. –  Justin Dearing Aug 7 '09 at 19:21
    
NVU is dead. Also, it is quite simple and probably won't do what your looking for. –  The Green Frog Aug 18 '09 at 14:13
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Emacs with HTML helper mode

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-1: Not WYSIWYG, as opposed to his two examples Dreamweaver and MS Frontpage. –  accolade Feb 3 '12 at 7:12
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I like Visual Studio 2008. With the SP1 you have Intellisense for Javascript and jQuery support. It´s free if you use the Visual Web Developer 2008 Express.

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And not at all open source... –  tnorthcutt Aug 27 '09 at 20:56
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