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Type of Program: HTML Test-Bed Browser & Editor
Supported Platform: Windows 95/98/NT/UNIX
Company Name: World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), MIT, and INRIA
Version: 1.3
Price: free
Installed size: 4.34M (amaya-Windows-1_3.exe, separate d/l file for UNIX)


Amaya is the W3C's own test-bed browser and web authoring tool for Windows and UNIX platforms. While Amaya is designed to demonstrate and test many of the new developments in web protocols and data formats, you can also create cool web documents with it too. And since web technology is constantly shifting, the folks at W3C say Amaya is made to shift with it, and an ongoing list of new functions and features are planned for the future.

You needn't know a thing about HTML or CSS to create or browse with Amaya, since its interface is completely WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get). Go ahead and create a web page, browse the web, pull information from the web directly into your open document -- editing and browsing with Amaya is seamless. It provides upload capability too.

Along with your WYSIWYG view, Amaya lets you simultaneously display the source code, which is presented in tree-diagram style. And unlike many other WYSIWYG editors, you can change source code, re-edit in WYSIWYG, go back and forth however you like. Amaya also allows you to work on several documents at a time, and even acts as a simultaneous browser and as an editor among several open documents. You can follow, create and modify links between them.

(Since Amaya purely supports the latest standards, including the PNG graphics format for its resident viewing function, you may notice how bloomed-out the graphics look when browsing uncomplaint HTML pages. Amaya is also easily extended if you want to customize it -- the W3C makes several APIs and mechanisms with minimal change to the source code. )

Even though Amaya is intended to be -- and is -- as great educational tool on the science of All Pure Things HTML, well folks, it's a real kick to use too. Now I confess that WYSIWYG editing will probably always give me the creeps, so I'm a biased judge as to whether Amaya's editing functions are "intuitive." But the exploration through the program is pure adventure, and the Help files are excellent. So if you want to test a few things, try a few things, or learn a few things about the latest in web standards -- Amaya's a veritable playground. And it's free, so check it out.

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Cost: free
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Reviewed by Bobbie Crowell
ICQ # 9407183

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