Microsoft ramps up the feature set
Review by urban75 for Internet Magazine, May 2004
OK, so it's not a WYSIWYG editor. In fact, the freeware AceHTML editor is a world away from the glossy glitz of Dreamweaver.
Positively anorexic in comparison, this free program weighs in at a waif-like 3.5 meg - well worth a download!
You can't activate the software until you've registered an email address, something that makes the cynical amongst us suspicious - but as soon as we opened up the program we began to feel a bit guilty about doubting the motives of the author.
The program really is an absolute bargain!
Looking very much like a close family member of the mighty Homesite, AceHTML serves up an impressive selection of tools in a traditional three-pane, tabbed layout.
This isn't a program for HTML-ophobes, though. There's no teams of hand holding wizards hanging about to guide you through the page creation process, neither are there any WYSIWYG design views to be found.
But what you do get is a very capable HTML editor with an extensive array of useful, hands-on features, including a HTML syntax checker, toolbars with shortcuts for speed coding, a built-in page viewer and a link validator.
The internal browser and easy switching between viewing the source code makes for an easy workflow, with the built in HTML syntax checker alerting you to any dodgy code.
With its bundled basic templates and comprehensive help files, this is a great program for people wishing to learn the basics of HTML, and with a price tag of Jack Diddly Squat, it seems criminal not to give it four stars at least. Why look a HTML gift horse in the mouth!