Plain Text Editor

Leigh from Aussie land writes:

I am new to writing articles and have just one question ,how do I add html links to the body text of a plane text edditor such as note pad? or before I submit the Artical. Regards Leigh

First, read my article on this topic (Essential HTML Skills For Article Authors – 7 Tips)…

Next, consider getting someone to proof your articles before you submit them to us. If your articles are written like your comment to us above, we won’t accept them (you had a punctuation and 3 spelling errors). I’m not saying this to be mean, but rather we see a trend where authors will email us in what I call ‘fast and sloppy’ format to ask us author support type questions… and then we’re left to wonder why we accepted their articles if they communicate with spelling & grammar issues outside of articles… do they also write like this within their articles?

Next, be sure to read our editorial guidelines as to what we’ll accept in terms of links in the article body. Normally, we reject any self-serving links above the fold and try to encourage you to put your active self serving links in the RESOURCE BOX below the article body.

In my plain text editor of choice (EditPlus), they give me the option to view my file in plain text or with enhanced HTML code view. The enhanced HTML code view allows me to quickly spot basic HTML coding mistakes and I’d encouage everyone to use a plain text editor that makes HTML code in pretty colors so that you can decrease your HTML code mistake rate.

Here is an example of what this blog entry would have looked like when viewed in my EditPlus true text editor:

Can you see how a true text editor with enhanced text for HTML code makes it easier to spot mistakes in the code?

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Chris —

Thanks. This is good advice for all of us.

For authors using Mac, Bare Bones Software’s BBEdit is an excellent full featured text editor with advanced HTML capabilities. http://www.barebones.com

Comment provided January 5, 2007 at 1:08 PM

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Lance Winslow writes:

Wow, I really like this “Edit +” software, I think I will buy it, thanks Chris.

Comment provided January 5, 2007 at 11:53 PM

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Edward Weiss writes:

I use a program called Trellian Web Page. It’s free and has the same editing function PLUS creates web pages.

Comment provided January 6, 2007 at 9:32 PM

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Dominic Ferrara writes:

I’ve used both Dreamweaver and Frontpage and find that Frontpage is the easiet to work with. I don’t know html exactly but I’ve been using it for 10 years now. These tools allow you to create html without actually having to know it.

Comment provided January 7, 2007 at 10:15 AM

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