TextEdit for HTML?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by egis, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. egis macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Bethesda, Maryland
    Again, hoping I am in the right forum?

    I am a newbie about web development.

    Is TextEdit suitable as an HTML editor?

    In doing a search of all MacRumors forum discussions, I found quite a lot of good information about the app for this purpose (which in sum was mostly not recommended for this use), but these helpful comments were from 2011 and back...so nothing that recent and nothing applicable since the version in Mt. Lion. So, any insights from other members is much appreciated.

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    There are better options than TextEdit
    Why not try something like TextWrangler?
  3. egis thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Bethesda, Maryland
    Thanks...just looked it over...certainly the price is right! Follow on question now is will output from Textwrangle produce Markdown?
  4. manunited macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2012
    I recommend Sublime Text 2.
    You don't really need to buy the license. It just pops up asking if you want to buy it from time to time.
    Great community developing plugins for pretty much any language and also check out the zencoding plugin for HTML.
  5. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    FYI, from the documentation for Textwrangler:

    What's missing is PHP and Javascript/JQuery which might be of importance to you as many of us here use the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and coding using syntax coloring and command auto-complete/inline help is, well, wonderful for both newbies and gurus alike.

    If this matters to you spend the $75.00 (after trial of course) for Coda which is excellent for LAMP and has a pleasing interface with thumbnails of each page at the top instead of tabs to switch between pages when editing. It also runs very well on a Mac unlike others which hog resources (Aptana, Komodo).
  6. EricByer macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Just wanted to say that thanks a million for this thread and the Text Wrangler link.

    Just started a really basic html assignment for a class I'm taking and TextEdit was a nightmare.
  7. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
  8. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    +1 for coda

    Sublime Text2 is fantastic, but lacked a couple of the features that I really need. Aptana, Netbeans, Eclipse are also pretty good.

    I seem to be a Coda fanboy.
  9. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Well being a Mac forum, I'll put the plug in for MAMP, which is like LAMP but for Mac. :)

    I purchased my copy but only because I wanted to have several projects/sites available at a time. Here is the URL to MAMP: http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html The personal version is free.

    I will also 2nd Coda2 and TextWrangler. I use both when working on stuff depending on my needs.
  10. beautifulcoder macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2013
    The Republic of Texas
    Dude, Sublime Text 2 is awesome for markup. If not, there is vim you can get through Homebrew.
  11. trenthanover macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2013
    Aptana, Netbeans, Eclipse so many options are available for you just search it.

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