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gVim editor in SeaMonkey and FireFox

Today I discovered It's All Text. This was a FireFox (also works in SeaMonkey) extension that gives you the capability of editing a box of text in your favorite editor.

I love to use SeaMonkey, but the text editor is a bit light when it comes to writing code or fix broken HTML. To palliate to this problem, I often copy and paste the content of my posts from SeaMonkey to gVim, my favorite editor, apply the fixes lightning fast, and then copy the result back in SeaMonkey before saving.

This is a rather tedious process and prone to mistakes. To avoid problems, you can instead install the It's All Text extension and now you will see a small Edit button in the bottom right corner of textarea HTML items. Click on it and it opens your favorite editor (well... the first time it will ask you to define what is that favorite editor, to change that later, check out the plug-in preferences.)

The preferences of the plug-in let you move the button to any one corner or turn off the feature for a while. You can also determine the character set, duration of button fades and a hot key. For SeaMonkey I use F8 since there is no other use for that key that I know of.

So here we go: click on Edit of a page, click in the textarea you are editing, then hit F8. Work on the file in your favorite editor, Save from within the editor, Save the website page. Done. Very straight forward.


gVim editor in SeaMonkey and FireFox | Made to Order Software

Hello this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

Blogs and WYSIWYG

Our Snap! Blog system offers a WYSIWYG editor including a button that gives you access to the HTML code. So you would do well with that editor. Having access to the HTML gives you the possibility to fix some problem once in a while (assuming you know enough HTML to understand what to change there.) However, it is rare that you'd get such a problem unless you often try to do very advanced formatting.

Other blog systems vary, although most that I know of will include WYSIWYG too. However, they often do not include a way to fix the HTML which can be a problem in some circumstances. In some cases, the blog system may have the WYSIWYG editor turned off by default.

Good luck in your endeavor!

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