Unicode markup editor

Posted May 06, 2004 in Markup.

I have always used ISO-8859-1, out of ignorance rather than choice. After reading some of the interesting stuff that Sam Ruby has to say about character encoding, I feel woefully ill-informed.

I'd like to experiment with Unicode, but I lack a markup editor that supports it (with the exception of Dreamweaver MX 2004, which I dislike). Can anyone recommend a basic markup editor that properly respects Unicode? It would need to have the following features:

  • Windows platform
  • Color syntax highlighting (markup languages, CSS, and PHP)
  • Find and replace
  • Multiple undo
  • Multiple documents (perhaps with tabs)
  • Some sort of file tree would be nice

What I certainly don't need is any kind of WYSIWYG crap. I like to hand code everything, all sorts of time-saving features will just get in the way. Any recommendations?


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    My personal favorite is Code-Genie,, but a free Notepad2 also works well, from what I hear.

    Posted by Basil Crow on May 06, 2004.

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    Thank you for that suggestion, Basil. I've downloaded it and at first glance, it looks pretty good.

    Keep the suggestions coming!

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 07, 2004.

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    I've been playing around with Notepad 2 as well. It is exactly the kind of thing I need, except that (like Windows Notepad) it is a single document interface. If it allowed multiple documents, with some sort of tabbed access, it would be perfect.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 07, 2004.

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    Scintilla Text Editor (SciTE) is a very nice small-footprint source code editor.

    Posted by @leX on May 07, 2004.

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    SciTE. continue
    For default UTF8 add to X:\Documents and Settings\USER-NAME\ file line
    More Links:
    Why SciTE?
    SciTE for Windows Scripters
    PHP Documentation - Extended CHM Format for SciTE
    SciTE: Scintilla Text Editor with Extensions
    Context Menu Extension for SciTE
    SciTE Documentation
    SciTE Lua Scripting Extension

    Posted by @leX on May 08, 2004.