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UnixReview.com: Tool of the Month: Quanta Plus

Oct 12, 2001, 13:05 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)
"Last month, I talked about HTML Tidy, a tool for cleaning up messy HTML generated by WYSIWYG tools and word processors. This month, I'd like to talk about Quanta Plus, a Web Development Environment for KDE2. There are a few other Free Software HTML Editors for Linux and other *Nixes in various stages of development, but Quanta Plus has nifty features that set it apart from the others.

I've always been partial to Vim for editing HTML, but Quanta has some features that might lure me away from the joys of vim. I've been using Quanta's Preview Release 1 for a few weeks. Oddly, the second preview release wouldn't compile on my system. I'm looking forward to the next release to see what features have been added or improved.

Quanta isn't a WYSIWYG editor; project files are edited in a simple editor that has toolbars for inserting various HTML tags. The table toolbar includes a wizard for generating quick tables, or you can simply build them one tag at a time.

When you want to see how a project is looking, you can select preview from the menu -- or for hotkey freaks (and I know you're out there), simply hit F6 -- to view your project using the Konqueror rendering engine. Granted, your project might look slightly different in other browsers, but this is a pretty good approximation of how your project will display in most browsers. If you prefer, you can also preview your project in Netscape using Shift+F5. I prefer to use the integrated display, however, because it doesn't require an extra window to open."

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