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I've struggled with writing code for 30+ years. Programming languages, database queries, macros and HTML just don't come naturally to me. Oh, I can get by, but it's torture. For HTML I've used a variety of tools over the years; I started using my favorite text editor and writing macros that were specific to HTML. It helped. I switched to Dreamweaver 1.2 and Homesite 3.0 and used and liked them, but they're getting very old and they were expensive! I still have version 1.2 and they want a fortune to upgrade, so I'd mostly gone back to my text editor.

Newer features such as XHTML and style sheets were just brutal for me in my text editor. I was floundering more than I should have. But old habits die hard and I was attached at the hip to my trusty text editor.

Then I ran into TopStyle Pro. My world changed.

First there's a standard editor with an option to customize your view. I've set it up to display an editor window, a files window and a preview:

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There's even a spell check and an interface to CSE HTML Validator.

Options abound. If you want to see a full screen preview, just click a button. Select a full screen preview, split between IE and Mozilla.

Want to link a style sheet to multiple files? A wizard handles it.

There's a color picker and a style checker which validates the style sheet against multiple browsers and alerting you to problems. You can even pass your style sheet to the W3C's CSS validation service so you can be sure you're in compliance with W3C specs.

While I could go on, I won't. Suffice it to say that TopSytle won't make me the world's best coder nor will it design the best web site for me, but it will help me to do a better job. Simply allowing me to deal with the different browsers easily is already allowing me to do my job faster. It scares me to think what a real pro could do with it.

In fact I wrote this using, you guessed it, TopStyle and believe me, it's never been this easy. -- Don Watkins

Get more info at the TopStyle web site here.


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