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Hypertext Builder 2002


Type of Program: XHTML/ASP/PHP Authoring Tool
Supported Platforms: Win95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP
Company Name: PAKSoft Productions
Version: 2002
Price: $12.00
Installed Size: 10MB


Once in a while along comes a piece of software you just want to tell everyone about because it is so good. Hypertext Builder 2002 is just such a program.
An XHTML/ASP/PHP Authoring Tool which is just dripping with features but, unlike other feature rich editors, they are not in your face. They are there when you need them which is as it should be and can be accessed through the very user friendly interface.. Things like Popup Tag/Attribute References, Automatic Backslashing of Empty Elements, a color tool bar which stretches the width of the page (see screenshot). There is a thumbnail browser, a font browser and capability to import .txt and rtf files.
Then you have the following visual tools.
Frame Builder
Image Map Builder
List Builder
Paragraph Builder
Table Builder
and of course you have wizards for
Form Wizard
Inline Style Sheet
Scripting Tools
Special Effects
Style Sheet
For the more serious code minded you can view the elements and attributes of several XML languages, including XHTML, SMIL and OpenEBook. These are derived straight from the W3C DTDs and you can see the references for Active Server Pages and PHP. As a special bonus, right-clicking on a PHP function in the tree will load its documentation page in the preview pane.

Other features include
Popup listbox references for:
Style Sheets
Active Server Page objects
Hypertext Preprocessor 4.2.1 functions and variables
The Internet Explorer core Document Object Model
Installed COM Objects (WScript, ADODB, ...)
Customizable external application menu items.
A completely rewritten and much faster color-coding engine.
Updated image map editor that now supports rectangles, circles, and polygons.
Multiple File Search/Replace with recursive directory searching.
A new integrated FTP client.
Fixes for operation under Windows XP
Updated Language References
The list goes on and on for this magical piece of software that will suit beginners and professionals alike and at an unbelievable $12.00 for registration (surely that's a misprint). This deserves your support.

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Reviewed by Simon Baillie

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