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Chapter 2. Quick Start > Writing Tools

2.1. Writing Tools

Use any text editor to create an HTML or XHTML document, as long as it can save your work on disk in ASCII text file format. That's because even though documents include elaborate text layout and pictures, they're all just plain old ASCII documents themselves. A fancier WYSIWYG editor or a translator for your favorite word processor are fine, too—although they may not support the many nonstandard features we discuss later in this book. You'll probably end up touching up the source text they produce, as well.

While not needed to compose documents, you should have at least one version of a popular browser installed on your computer to view your work, preferably Netscape Navigator or Microsoft's Internet Explorer. That's because the source document you compose on your text editor doesn't look anything like what gets displayed by a browser, even though it's the same document. Make sure what your readers actually see is what you intended by viewing the document yourself with a browser. Besides, the popular ones are free over the Internet.


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