a) a validation parser that flags errors when you press a button:
You should be able to select HTML levels 2, 3 and even Mozilla,
and maybe even load in your own DTDs.
b) a link checker to check all URLs the document being edited,
Note this should be separate from (a).
c) a preview applet for previewing -- maybe a hook to a browser.
Note I do not mean WYSIWYG, as that name merely deludes authors
into thinking HTML is WYSIWYG, which it isn't.
d) graphical link insertion. It would be nice to be able to add
a link by simply dragging an icon for a local file over a piece
of marked text...... You could have a second window of icons from
which you could drag the desired target URL.
e) similar featufe for NAMEd links -- dragging a marked piece of text
from document (a) to a marked piece of text in document (b) should
create a link from (b) to (a). This should also work within a
single document. You would have
f) Document management control. You should be able to manage the
various revisions of your documents.
Perhaps I am getting a bit carried away with myself...
-- Ian Graham ...................................... firstname.lastname@example.org ................ http://www.utirc.utoronto.ca/HTMLdocs/NewHTML/intro.html Instructional and Research Computing University of Toronto > > > After working with the major HTML editing products I found through Strouds > > Consummate Winsock Apps, I was somewhat dissappointed. With this in mind, I > > decided to write my own. Hopefully I will be releasing a Beta in 2-3 months! > > Good for you. I've been thinking of doing something like this, too. > > > This product will DEFINITELY have a "Microsft feel", it's button bars > > looking very much like Word or Access. Further, I will be building in ALL > > the features of the 3 or 4 other products, PLUS providing COMPLETE support > > for HTML 3.0 (at least as it is proposed) and support for all Netscape > > extended commands. > > You might want to make the Netscape extentions available only if a certain > flag is set, to prevent any from being inserted accidentally when trying to > write a non-Netscape document. > > Also, HTML3 should be given preference over Netscape. If a user highlights, > say, a header and two paragraphs, the code generated should insert > ALIGN=CENTER into the <Hn> and <P> tags rather than just surrounding it all > with <CENTER></CENTER>. > > Also, the code generated probably should avoid optional omissions: surround > paragraphs with <P></P> and list items with <LI></LI> explicitly. And make > sure the raw HTML code is formatted in a human readable way -- I might want > to go in and tweak things by hand... > > > I would GREATLY appreciate any input you may have in OTHER features everyone > > would like to see. In gratitude for your suggestions, I'll keep your e-mail > > addresses handy in order to let you know exectly when the product is > > released. I'll also talk to my partner about providing free licenses to > > those people with unique ideas we actually implement. > > There is one feature I could really use: A user-definable menu of HTML to > be inserted into documents. > > For example, my WWW Guide to the Residents consists of about 150 HTML pages, > 200 GIFs, and 15 icons. It would be very handy if, when I want to create a > link to the lyrics for a song (which shows up on the pages by a lyrics icon > next to the song name), instead of having to type... > > <A HREF="../lyrics/constantinople.html"><IMG SRC="../icons/lyrics.gif" > ALT="[Lyrics]"></A> > > ...I could just go up to a menu and select "Lyrics Icon", then type > "constantinople" at a prompt. > > > Thanks all!!! Hope to hear from you soon! > > Cordially, > > John-Paul Clark > > > James H.G. Redekop Free confidential counselling for > email@example.com SURVIVORS OF DECONSTRUCTION > firstname.lastname@example.org Call 1-800-MEANING > http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~tzoq/ Ap(point)ments may be continually postponed. >