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Nvu 0.2 Released

Thursday March 25th, 2004

The second major milestone release of Nvu, the Web publishing application based on Mozilla Composer, is now available for Linux and Windows. The main new feature in Nvu 0.2 is support for the creation, modification and utilisation of templates, preset pages that can include both editable and static elements. Version 0.2 also allows more CSS properties to be applied to pages and lets users to extract inline styles and make them into classes.

Based on Mozilla 1.7 Beta, Nvu 0.2 was developed by Daniel Glazman's Disruptive Innovations for Lindows.com. Further information about the new version, including release notes and download links, can be found at http://glazman.org/whyNvu/nvu.html.


#35 nice progress

by jilles

Friday March 26th, 2004 11:51 AM

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I commented on 0.1 too and complained about the lack of templates :-). Things are progressing well even though it's not really working well. I could create a template, and an instance. But I found no obvious way to propagate changes in the template to the instance.

I don't like the way editable regions are marked (divs/spans instead of custom comment tags such as dreamweaver). A potential problem is that validators will complain about the custom attribute. In addition it has a few limitations.

Dreamweaver is a bit more flexible: 1) it has nested templates, should be fixable in nvu. 2) you can mark parts of the head editable (great for linking additional css/javascript and adding meta tags). You can't do that with divs or spans. 3) you get a dialog that allows you to 'apply' the template changes to its instances when you save changes in a template (this requires keeping track of all the instances in the sitemanager, I can imagine this functionality is still under development).

I'll be interested in further development and I will give 0.3 a spin.