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I have a client who wants to maintain their pages under Windows 95. Their skill level with HTML would be zero - basically they don't need to know much as it's a cut and paste in job into our snazzy (SGI created) pages. I don't like the MSWord extensions for authoring. Anyone seen any good alternative apps, commercial, freeware or shareware?
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Every editing application has its plusses and minuses - I'd suggest smacking them around some if they want to touch your pages with FrontPage or Fusion, but here are three alternatives for three different "levels" of maintenance (use the easiest application capable of performing the kind of cahnges your client needs to make) ...

Netscape Gold - is not very fucntional.  I wouldn't suggest it as an authoring tool, but its WYSIWYG interface will be familiar to folks who use most word processing applications - so it would probably suffice for text changes.  What's more, an FTP utility is built in, so there's no need to learn a separate FTP application.

HotDog Pro - Is more feature-laden but also has a WYSIWYG interface and some "wizard" like processes to do a few more "advanced" alterations than simply editing text.  I have a client who uses this to update their site (as well as adding additional pages based on templates).  He started off knowing nothing about HTML, probably still does, and is able to maintain the site pretty well.  They'll still need to learn  how to FTP the pages to the server with a different application, though.

HomeSite - is an excellent authoring tool, but isn't exactly WYSIWYG (though it switches between a menu and button driven authoring interface to a browser preview easily enough).  It'll take some work on the client's end, but it's a good choice if you want the client (or if the client wants to) be able to work on pages while in the process of learning HTML to do more advanced authoring.

If none of these suit your client's needs, there's a rather extensive list of HTML authoring utilities at http://tips.iworld.com/HTML_authoring_products.html - but, IMHO, the "perfect" utility to let low-end clients edit HTMl has yet to be invented.

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