Re: Repetitive html generation (tool for this?)
by "Jami Moore" <jami(at)jamisniche.com>
||Thu, 19 Apr 2001 13:55:20 -0500
If you are looking for a good hand-coding editor that allows you to save
templates, I recommend 1stPage from Evrsoft. They allow you to have four
different modes to work with (Easy, Normal, Advanced/Expert, and Hardcore).
It is a superb program, and it includes Tiny to clean up your coding as
I love Dreamweaver as well, but when it comes to making templates, I don't
like the lock down feature, as I often change various parts of the template.
So I use 1stPage to save the template and create a page using it, then
switch back into Dreamweaver if I need to add something more, like nested
Here is the link to Evrsoft: http://www.evrsoft.com
The best part about the software besides its usability is that its free. I
would recommend it to a beginner as well as a hardcore user.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ted Temer" <temer(at)c-zone.net>
To: "HWGBASICS" <hwg-basics(at)hwg.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2001 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: Repetitive html generation (tool for this?)
> Katherine and Kevin have good suggestions. Dreamweaver is an excellent
> In fact, MOST main line WYSIWYG editors are also used by, [here is where I
> get yelled at], most working "pros" in some manner, these days to speed up
> their work.
> Except on this list of course--I'm the only one who will admit to using
> FrontPage and I have been told flat out, this eliminates me from
> professionalism for all time. [sigh]
> Granted the "pros" use these tools in a qualified way, overseeing and/or
> modifying the editor's work by their own experience.
> BTW--The "template" method they mention above is one of the greatest time
> saving techniques around. Get in the habit of "saving" templates of all
> basic pages.
> Indeed--Why type in hundreds of lines of code when a few mouse clicks will
> do the same thing. It's ten times faster to use an editor and then--for
> those who insist--run Tidy or some such to "supposedly clean" up the
> editor's work
> [I often wonder sometimes, if the web page DOES run all that much better
> after the cleaning?? --sly grin as I duck the bricks being thrown my way
> However, if you still want to "hand code" but sort of ease the burden a
> you might consider any number of "point and click" type editors. Many are
> free and they all have some sort of drop down menus with the standard
> "tags". All you have to do is click on the one you want and it is inserted
> at the cursor point.
> However--unlike the WYSIWYG editors--these point and click editors do NOT
> help you decide whether the tag you clicked on is the RIGHT one for the
> One that I find handy and use in conjunction with FrontPage, is the
> "snippets" of code for later use. Keeping track of all these little bits
> misc. code can be a pain. Some editors are batter at this than others.
> Platypus is about average in this area.
> I licensed mine so long ago I have forgotten the price but it was
> quite reasonable. It might have even been free.--I just don't remember.
> And of course, there are dozens more out there. One simple and free one is
> CuteHTML. However, it's list of click-able tags is pretty short.
> Whoops: Just as I was about to send, Tamara's post popped in. She lists
> several other options--all good ones.
> Hope some of this helps ...
> Best wishes
> Ted Temer
> Temercraft Designs Redding, CA
> > I am working on my first website and I am finding that in an effort to
> > a consistent look and feel, that I am doing a lot of repetitive coding.
> > I am searching for a tool that will reduce this tedium and generate html
> > files to use as starting points...something that will take an input html
> > template file and a second file that contains specific page
> > information/names with the output being the starting points.
> > For example...Lets say that my site has five pages, MainPage, Page1,
> > Page3 and Page4. I know that I want each page to look like
> > Is there a tool that will take MyTemplate.html and produce
> > Page1.html, Page2.html, Page3.html and Page4.html?
> > Ed
> > ---------------------------------------
> > "Character is doing your best when
> > nobody is watching."
> > ~ to J. C. Watts by his father
> > ---------------------------------------
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