Using axped

The axped XHTML editor handles more than just XHTML syntax and HTML files. The New menu options make this immediately apparent. In fact, many more file formats can be edited with this tool and syntax highlighting is based largely on the file extension.

Click on New >> New HTML to create an empty HTML document with some basic tags in place. Start typing in the contents. Notice that as you move inside the HTML tag declarations that the IntelliFill list on the left will show XHTML tag attributes instead of XHTML tags. Furthermore, moving inside a style=" " attribute will display CSS properties instead. IntelliFill is then activated by either double-clicking on the list item you want to insert or hitting CTRL+L (Select IntelliFill) and typing the name to select it followed by pressing the Enter key.

In addition to quickly finding individual bits of text to insert, axped also allows you to populate more complex HTML objects. These HTML wizards can be found in the Edit >> Insert HTML submenu.

The Reference... wizard (CTRL+R) lets you select local files referenced by certain HTML tags like stylesheets and javascript files. Map Areas... (CTRL+M) is available when you are between <Map></Map> tags. This wizard makes it easier to define the coordinates of an image map. Just drag a rectangle around the area to define. The ID and ALT attributes can also be populated for the areas.

Many browsers still do not support rounded borders. A Borders... wizard (CTRL+B) creates the HTML source and images that will form rounded borders with the specified number of rows and columns. Just put the actual HTML content into the table cells surrounded by border cells. The border images only need to be created once for a given style. Check New if this is the first time using a border of a certain style. After clicking OK, both the images and border table will be created and inserted into the HTML code. If the border has been used before and the images already exist, just check Existing and select one of the border images.

Inserting images is one of the more common activities in creating web pages. The Image... wizard (CTRL+I) quickly does this by presenting an open file dialog. Another incredibly useful wizard is the Table... wizard (CTRL+T) since it can create an outline for practically any desired table layout. Select the number of rows and columns required for the table. To span cells in rows or columns, click on a cell and drag the rectangular area to indicate which cells will become a single cell. Clicking OK inserts the HTML code for the defined table.

Finally, the Keywords... wizard (CTRL+K) inserts phrases that may help reinforce search engine relevancy hits.

Two special features of axped are Preview (ALT+P) and Publish... (CTRL+P) and may be set up in the Options >> Preferences... dialog. Preview displays the current file in a web browser as configured in the preferences. Publish places files on a web site through an FTP connection.

Also included with axped are a few tools that do not directly edit the source text. The Button Builder... tool takes an image of a narrow button, extends it from the middle, and adds text to the button.

Image Sizer... resizes images to an optimal size for downloading while Picture Gallery... generates properly sized images of photos for presentation on a web site.