Alright, that’s not a great example of a memorable product name, but it sets it apart from other text editors and it’s totally, completely descriptive. You know what it does, right? It’s an editor that specializes in HTML, the code behind web pages. If you’ve ever wanted to learn HTML and build your own web pages with bells and whistles, this is one Taco to use.
The idea behind a good editor is to make the complex easier to use.
HTML, Bells, Whistles, Oh My!
The think to understand about editors is that they’re a dime a dozen and they’re usually complex beasts of burden with all sorts of capability to handle all sorts of situations, programmers, languages, et al.
All the standard text editor functions are built-in. There’s code completion, which speeds up the coding process.
There’s a live preview feature which lets you see the web page as you code.
Use the Navigator to drill through documents. An onscreen ID shows you which types of code are which. You can also customize code coloring syntax to match what you know and love.
The Taco interface, though, is somewhat typical.
The tabbed interface make sit easy to keep many documents open at once, and bounce back and forth between each. Preview comes with a click to the Toolbar. The Sidebar supports access to all your files.
There’s a built-in color wizard for CSS color codes. Clips is the code snippets library, accessed from the Menubar. It’s a bit old hat, but Taco even has an Image Map editor (take that, Dreamweaver!).
The Live Preview supports code in one pane, and the live HTML in another. Project management is handled through the Navigator and Sidebar. A site’s files and code can be organized however you see fit. Code Folding collapses sections of code so you can navigate through longer documents.
What sets Taco HTML Edit apart from other standard text editors is the Component Library, which is loaded with pre-built and customizable options for web pages. Slideshows, Cover Flow, Accordion Controls, Sliders, and much more can be dropped in with a click, and customized as needed.
Compared to other text editors, Taco HTML Edit is rather inexpensive, but the focus is on web pages, not programming in specific languages. What I’d like to see is both CSS and HTML validation.