JusTags HTML Toolkit for WordPerfect 6.1
Not Just Another HTML Editor
Updated on October 21, 1996.
Bullwinkle: Hey Rocky! Wanna watch me pull a HTML editor outta my hat?
Rocky: Again??!

--with apologies to Jay Ward
This one is different. Have you ever noticed that a lot of HTML editors don't really save you much work? If you're lucky, they let you run the whole show from the keyboard. But even then, they always seem to jump out at you with dialog boxes that give you all the options you don't want and none of the ones you do . . . and you end up having to go back and re-edit the whole page by hand. Furthermore, most of them are out of date by the time they're released. Take tables, for instance: how long have tables been in common use on the web? And yet developers are still coming out with HTML editors without adequate table support.
This is all very interesting, but I'm busy! What's the bottom line?
When I set out nearly 10 months ago to build a better HTML editor, I was mostly worried about getting a better set of tags. The interface and the overall conception were very conventional: put everything on a menu, and build lots of cool dialog boxes to help the user along. It didn't take me long to realize that much of this effort was wasted: since HTML is, after all, just text, clearly the keyboard was the way to go. And since the one person I knew would use the thing--me--didn't need a lot of fancy prompts, why bother with a menu at all?
Once I decided to drop the menu, that set the stage for the really important realization. The trouble with most HTML editors is not that they don't support the right tags. No. The problem is the whole idea of supporting a particular set of tags.
Well, think about it. Making an HTML editor with the tags encoded in the program is a lot like publishing a dictionary of slang. It's simply impossible to capture in print the diversity and fluidity of a slang vocabulary. As soon as you print it, last month's trendy words are all but forgotten, and new ones have taken their place. Similarly, HTML is a constantly evolving standard, and different HTML authors have widely varying styles and preferences--that is, if we're talking about the "vocabulary" of HTML--the specific strings that make up the tags. The syntax, on the other hand, is very simple and stable.

The solution is obvious in hindsight. Rather than taking it upon myself to decide which tags and attributes you should be able to use, I leave that up to you, the author. JusTags stores all tag definitions in a database. Of course, there is a default configuration which you can use if you like. But if you find your HTML needs changing, you can add tags to the database or edit the existing ones at any time. You can assign any tag to any of 183 keystrokes. You can control when the tag-building dialog box appears, and what options it shows you. You can even invent imaginary tags, if that's what turns you on. After all, it's just text.

To summarize, JusTags...

...adds HTML-editing capability to the world's greatest (IMHO) word processor.

...uses the keyboard for maximum efficiency.

...gives you total control over what tags and attributes are available.

...is freeware.

Download JusTags

You need:

WordPerfect for Windows 6.1, or maybe 6.0 (sorry, not available here :-))

JusTags beta 1 Installation Package: jt01b.zip [221K]

and one of the following:

HTML 3.0 Documentation Package, October 21, 1996: jtdochtm.zip [97K]

ASCII text Documentation Package, [coming soon]:

** Note that this is a beta release, so take precautions! Back up critical files and cross your fingers! **

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