Tools to Help Create Your CSS Files

Most people have all the tools they need to create cascading style sheets on their home computer.

The problem is there are so many tools out there that allow you to create HTML and CSS on the fly. These so-called "wysiwyg" editors aren't always the best method to start learning how to create both HTML pages and or cascading style sheets.

Using a "wysiwyg" editor can make things more complicated as someone who is new to both HTML and CSS doesn't realistically know if they are doing something right or wrong.

The control over the code output is essential, if you have problems and can't figure out where the problem is coming from then a "wysiwyg" is useless. Some editors apply extra coding which is not necessary, which can complicate matters.

Everyone has to start as they mean to go on. we started out using "notepad", we weren't allowed to use a "wysiwyg" editor until we were in our second year of the diploma. The idea behind this was and is simple, if someone can programme the required code per hand then they will be able to clean the mess up that a "wysiwyg" editor kicks out.

Standard Tools For CSS Styling

If you wish to start out using "wysiwyg" editors then the following wouldn't be a bad decision:

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver (Adobe Dreamweaver) - Costs a lot but has all of the functions that are required to complete 99% of your web requirements - Since Adobe has taken over Macromedia there is sadly currently no a Demo Version here », so you can test it.

  • Style Master - This is most probably one of the most popular CSS programs on the net, again its not free - Demo Version

  • TopStyle - This is basically a small version of Dreamweaver which again costs, they also offer a Free Trial

There are loads more of editors that cost lots of money, but really you don't need them.

We recommend and use the following:

  • Notepad (is a little heavy as there is no highlighting) or Crimson Editor
  • FireFox or if need be Internet Explorer
  • that's it.....