Tuesday, 12 June 2012


Web editor is a program that you use to create Web page.  It can be something as simple as the text editor that came with your operating
system. It can be something as simple as the text editor. It can also be something that creates the Websites as you point and click away.
A Web page is written in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) which is a set of "markup" symbols inserted into a file for a display on the World Wide Web
(WWW) browser.
The markup tells the Web browser how to display a Web page.
There are two types of Web editors. They are 
  • text-based and 
  • What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG).

A text-based Web editor is a basic editor where you work with Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) tags to create a Web page.
It can be used to change HTML source codes.
Using a text-based Web editor requires you to have HTML knowledge to get started.
Software such as Notepad and PSPad are examples of text-based editors.
PSPad has additional functions that include syntax highlighting and toolbars.


WYSIWYG is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get. WYSIWYG web editors provide an editing interface that shows how the pages will be displayed in a web browser.
Using a WYSIWYG editor does not require any HTML knowledge. It is easier for an average computer user.
Examples of WYSIWYG web editor are Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver.


User friendly - a text-based editor is less user friendly compared to a WYSIWYG editor.
Junk HTML – There is no junk HTML in text-based compared to WYSIWYG editors.
HTML knowledge – a text-based editor requires HTML knowledge compared to WYSIWYG editors.
Inserting a specific tag – It is hard to insert a specific tag using a text-based editor compared to WYSIWYG editor.
Visualize the design – a text-based editor cannot visualize the design compared to a WYSIWYG editor.

The differences between the text-based editor and WYSIWYG editor

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