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  • Looking a Windows stand-alone app (if it runs on Linux that fine too :) Commercial products are OK.
  • I have been using FrontPage 2003 to this date
  • I compose tons of pages locally as logs/notes
  • I will not upload these pages to the web
  • My pages do not include Javascript (scripting)

Before you read further:

  1. I have been using FrontPage2003 to create hyperlinked notes/logs that are stored as "clean/not bloated" HTML.
  2. I know about HTML tags but it's not something I want to look at when I am logging issues and thoughts as Text/Images.
  3. I want to look at rendered HTML at all times. My logs are organized as One-level peer directories like below per project.

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What features I currently have/use:

  1. WYSIWYG editing (keyboard shortcuts to assign heading 1,2,3,4, numbered-list)
  2. Drag and Drop of links from the browser history bar or address field.
  3. Pasting of clipboard images or HTML
  4. Tabbed interface to quickly select which file I want to edit (I could live with a large popup list of currently opened files to select from).
  5. I do (local) hyperlinking of my pages
  6. I do use some CSS. Most of my pages have the same template inline (AKA: style sheet inside the head/head tags) some use a shared external style sheet.

What feature I want to get:

  1. Folding (AKA collapsing) of headings inside the editor not necessarily when viewed in a browser I seldom use the later. IOW, I am looking for an editor feature to fold to headings only, and NOT JavaScript to fold when viewing in a browser.
  2. Alternatively to folding the headings a sidebar with an outline of all the headings would assist in seeing the forest from the trees.
  3. Mouse-wheel zoom would be a plus :)

I searched and I searched but Many reviews talk about Atom, Notepad++, coffecup, brackets, ... which all seem about coding (JS etc...) rather then composing text WYSIWYG. I seldom drop into the HTML code.

I have MSWord2010 and could move to 2013, but I am not sure I can trust it for my HTML to Microsoft. In the past it did weird things to stored HTML. I do like the fact it has a Navigation Pane as shown in the snapshot below. You can double click the outline and it will jump to the corresponding heading.

Thank you, your insights much appreciated.

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About MSWord, if I load a copy of an INDEX.HTM into Word and fake-edit (Ctrl-K) a single link, for example. Word will injects all kinds of garbage, see this file compare below. The HTML on the left is Word saved after a single small edit. It spews and injects tons of weird styles... NO WAY JOSE, I WON'T LET THAT HAPPEN

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  • Welcome to Software Recommendations! From the context I assume it should work on Windows (as all the programs you've mentioned are Windows progs), that correct? As all mentioned products are paid software I further assume you're willing to spend some money if needed. What would be the limit you've set for that? And are subscription fees OK, or only one-time payment? – Izzy Mar 14 '20 at 10:30
  • Most of your assumptions are correct. I am stuck in Windows and for example many CAD programmers are designed for Windows/Mac alone, probably for good reasons $$$. I am in the process of moving my Windows hosting to Linux butting against the case sensitivity of Linux, I am strongly against anything case sensitive :) including programming languages. If you have some commercial software in mind please suggest I will certainly look into them. – Meryan Mar 14 '20 at 13:45
  • Sorry, but all that I have in mind is improving your question so you can get answers really matching your needs. I don't use wysiwyg HTML editors but prefer to keep my HTML code slim (hence using a plain-text editor). So maybe you could edit your question with the missing details? – Izzy Mar 14 '20 at 16:08

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