One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Bluefish

Bluefish is not a true, What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.

Instead, Bluefish refers to itself as a "What You See Is What You Need"

interface, according to the project Web site at

http://bluefish.openoffice.nl. No matter how it's labeled, Bluefish is

an HTML editor with lots of support for building dynamic pages with

PHP -- a popular Web scripting language.

What You See Is What You Need means that you see the HTML tags when

editing with Bluefish. Because of this, Bluefish is really meant for

people with a higher level of experience with the Web and HTML, as well

as being comfortable with HTML tags. This "experts-only" approach may

put off some users, but proves very helpful for those who know HTML

tags and, most importantly, know exactly what they want in terms of how

the HTML tags perform a particular task.

Unlike many editors, Bluefish offers some project management features

too. A project consists of an entire Web site made up of a number of

pages. In addition, Bluefish makes image thumbnails, a handy feature

for many sites, and provides support for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

CSS can be used to provide a consistent set of fonts, colors, and

styles for your entire site. You'll find a list of the main features at

http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/functionality.php.

Bluefish highlights its support for PHP, a scripting language where you

embed your scripts inside an HTML document. PHP provides a very popular

means to dynamically generate content on Web sites. See

http://www.php.net/ for more on PHP.

Download Bluefish from http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/download.php. The

download sites linked from this page include Linux for Intel versions

in RPM format, source code, and Debian package (.deb) files for ARM,

PowerPC, and Intel Debian GNU/Linux releases, although these were for

the previous release, not the most recent one.

You can see the online manuals, in English, German, Italian, Hungarian,

and Spanish at http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/manual/.

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