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UltraEdit uses deprecated toolbar

UltraEdit is one of the best text editors out there and I have recently spent some time using version 11. It has a lot of features that will aid the development process, such as Unicode/UTF-16 support and code folding, in addition to the excellent functions already delivered in previous versions.

However, as always, there are some things I don’t like. Such as the brand new HTML toolbar, preconfigured with several popular functions. I suppose someone thought this was a great idea, and in a way I can see why. Unfortunately the generated code leaves a lot to wish for. For example, there’s an icon for “HTML Foreground Color” which will generate the following code:

<font color=”#000000″></font>

And “HTML Align Left”, which gives this:

<p align=”left”></p>

This is classic but deprecated code. I’m sorry to see that a lot of tools continue to keep this legacy in their new versions, but this is even worse – introducing it in a new version 2005! The toolbar can be modified, but the problem is that the people who actually would spend a few minutes to configure it are the same people who doesn’t need the toolbar to begin with.

UltraEdit screenshot Example of generated HTML snippets.

This formatting should be done with CSS. Example:

p.example { text-align: right }
<p class=”example”>Foo</p>

That said and done, I still think UltraEdit is a great product and recommend it to anyone for text editing, but be careful with the built-in stuff. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to use it.

2 comments

  • avatar
    Patrik Sonestad
    21 Dec, 2005

    So true, but just putting CSS-code in your HTML-file is almost as bad as putting in deprecated code. Even if it’s more “kosher”, CSS-code should be put in CSS-files, if not only for the “good looks” ;)
    Also, many “editors” like DreamWeaver for example are totally nuts when using the “standard” way to use CSS. There be millions of styles in a single HTML-file and there can be gazillions of styles if you have many HTML-files. Nope, separate form from style the way “God” meant it ;)

  • avatar
    22 Dec, 2005

    I totally agree that CSS-code should be placed in CSS-files, and I have done that for the last seven years. The reason why I used inline code above was for the example to be as short as possible. It is an extremely simple code snippet, but I still wanted to include it for completeness sake.
    You are also correct about Dreamweaver. I wouldn’t dream of letting it’s design view get anywhere near my markup. I think that the latest version is a major improvement and I have no problem with people who use it for editing and managing files, but using Dreamweaver for the entire site construction process is a highway to hell.

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