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Switching from FrontPage to KompoZer - page 2

Dangerous Confessions

  • November 24, 2008
  • By Eric Geier

If you've used any web authoring application, or even a word processor, you'll likely understand how to do the basics; type and format text, bullets, and lists, insert tables, create hyperlinks, and so on. So let's discover some features in KompoZer that you're probably not familiar with:

  • Better XHTML support - Developing pages based on XHTML in FrontPage is possible, however KompoZer provides better support for this language. Clicking the XHTML option on the New dialog box provides a properly formatted blank page. What is XHTML, you ask? Well, it is an improved version of HTML, which combines HTML and XML. Web pages in the XHTML language, which doesn't differ all that much from HTML, are inherently better written. This provides for better cross-browser compatibility and easier execution or display in browsers on less powerful, mobile, devices.
  • CSS Editor - This tool is extremely useful if you aren't a Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) expert-- like me. Instead of having to reference and follow the CSS rules, the editor can create style sheets for you based upon the formatting attributes you select from the dialog boxes, such as Figure 2 shows. This tool is accessible from the Tools menu on the toolbar.
  • Insert PHP code - Instead of having to manually type the PHP start and end tags into HTML pages when you want to include PHP code, this feature lets you type or copy the PHP code into a dialog box. KompoZer takes care of wrapping your code with the proper tags, beginning with and ending with ?>. You can access this feature from the toolbar's Insert menu.
  • Friendship (XFN) links - KompoZer lets you optionally define your hyperlink's XFN (XHTML Friends Network) properties from the hyperlink dialog box, rather than manually doing it. XFN� is an emerging approach to enable owners of personal web sites, blogs, social networking pages to publically share what type of relationship they have with whom they link to. Attribute values (such as friend or acquaintance) are added to a link's tag in the HTML code. There may be several ways where all this becomes more useful in the future; these links may provide the backdrop for a social networking system.

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