TopStyle, the Ultimate CSS and HTML Editor

Lance extolls the virtues of his favorite CSS and HTML editor: TopStyle.

Do you work with CSS and (X)HTML all day long? If you do, then you need to use TopStyle for your coding. Written and maintained by Nick Bradbury of HomeSite and FeedDemon fame, TopStyle is the best CSS editor out there. It isn’t bad for HTML, PHP, JavaScript, and other languages, too.

Even if you don’t code CSS and (X)HTML all day, it’s worth having TopStyle around for the occasional blog post or web site update. It integrates nicely with HTML Tidy for clean code, and has lots of the built in features that users of HomeSite and later versions of Dreamweaver are already used to. In fact, Dreamweaver ships with a lightweight copy of TopStyle for CSS coding.

For those of you that already use Dreamweaver for your web coding needs, check out this great article: Working with TopStyle – Part 1 (on CommunityMX). It explains how Dreamweaver and TopStyle can be used together for top-notch web design and development. A lot of features that people ask for in TopStyle exist already in Dreamweaver; it’s a great combination in my opinion.

If you already have a copy of TopStyle, improve your skills by following Nick and company’s TopStyle Tips from Pro Users blog. I just learned recently about extending TopStyle to validate PHP with a TopStyle extension called “Lint“.

I have used TopStyle for over 2 years and can’t be happier with it’s ease of use and efficient features, especially for CSS. Check it out if you haven’t already!

Author: Lance Willett

My name is Lance, I am a blogger and web craftsman making high-quality, engaging, and user-centered experiences for people that use WordPress. México-born. Product Excellence Manager at Automattic.

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