Just got back from the Swiss Bloggers meetup in downtown Basel. It was fun sharing experiences and talking about tools and seeing the blogger “in person”. As bamboozled had announced a couple of journalists came by asking questions about blogs, star bloggers… and the future development of blogs.
I know I’m just one quiet voice in a storm, but if you are thinking of developing any kind of “rich” web application, please, please, embrace all the aspects of the web experience we all love so much rather than rejecting them for your own preferences and assumptions. Don’t make your application an irritating, restricted and unfamiliar alternative to the web browser experience, make it a comfortable extension to the web browser experience. If you don’t allow your customers the control they are used to on the web, you will alienate your users and risk being out-evolved by a more compatible product.
Even introverts influence other people. Sociologists tell us the most introverted of people will influence 10,000 others in an average lifetime. Wow. How many people might you influence, seeing that you actually want to make a difference in the lives of other people?
If you’re still using HomeSite 4.5.1 on XP and you’ve activated automatic updates, you can start looking for an alternative HTML editor. I am.
Couple of days ago my HomeSite kept crashing, everytime I clicked the Design tab. Displaying the following error message:
No such interface supported.
A DHTML patch in one of the recent XP updates is causing the problem.
You can of course de-install the new DHTML patch that is causing HomeSite to hang up. But if at a later date you manually update your XP installation (e.g. to patch security holes that are being targeted by viruses), you’re back at square one.
My temporary workaround: I’ve disabled the Design mode.
But I guess it’s time to look around for a sturdy versatile HTML editor. For some coding, I’m already using UltraEdit. At a previous company I’ve used Dreamweaver 4 (can’t remember the exact version). I’m comfortable with writing HTML, but would like some visualization features for layout purposes.
Any recommendations? What are you using?
[Update April 16 2005] I’m thinking of switching to Nvu. Offers both a Windows and Linux version.