Blue Griffon : Java Glossary

The CurrCon Java Applet displays prices on this web page converted with today’s exchange rates into your local international currency, e.g. Euros, US dollars, Canadian dollars, British Pounds, Indian Rupees… CurrCon requires an up-to-date browser and Java version 1.8, preferably 1.8.0_112. If you can’t see the prices in your local currency, Troubleshoot. Use Firefox for best results.

Blue Griffon logo Blue Griffon

The current version is 2.1.1 Last revised/verified: 2016-06-08.

The current version has two massive flaming bugs. I had to stop using it altogether.
  1. About half the time it fails to save your edits.
  2. Even when you close a file, the next time you start up Blue Griffon, it automatically loads that file for you. Over time, you get more and more files automatically loaded.

This editor is very similar to Kompozer because they both derived from Nvu. Blue Griffon is both a free WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) editor and a €70.00 EUR editor. Note the spelling: not Gryphon, not Griffin.



The following comments are based on my experience with version 1.8. As I get more familiar wit 2.0 I will update them.


Requests for Improvement

Most important are at the top.

  1. If I insert text into a <dd>…</dd> block, Blue Griffon splits the block in two and inserts my text between the two pieces. This makes no sense at all because <dd> must always be paired with <dt>. It should just insert the text inside <dd>…</dd>.
  2. It randomly and erroneously inserts <br> tags just prior to </td> and </div>.
  3. Fix the colours on the Wysiwyg Source buttons so they don’t look disabled. The current scheme keeps tempting me to hit the wrong button. There is really need only to display one button at a time. Why tempt be to hit the wrong button?
  4. Support a streamlined way to mark common span styles. The last 4 span styles used would appear on the tool bar. You would highlight the phrase, then click one of the four buttons. You should be able to apply a common span to a word in two clicks, with a drag plus one click to mark a phrase.
  5. When you switch modes, the caret should be in the same height on the the screen and should point to the same text. The caret should not move. It should not move when a CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is externally changed either. I every time I switch modes source WYSYWIG, it takes me 20+ seconds to find my place again. I need help to speed that up. Perhaps the entire current line could have a pale yellow highlight with the current word hightlighted in slightly darker yellow. Perhaps the text cursor could ping to reveal it whereabouts if I press and hold Ctrl similar to the way I can use Ctrl to locate the mouse cursor.
  6. When you switch modes the caret should announce its position with a pond ripple effect You should also be able to trigger the effect by hitting Ctrl.
  7. Invent a more elaborate way to enter entities/obscure characters. If you type dash it should show you [ &mdash; ] [ &ndash ] and you click the one you want. It should let you assign keystrokes like Ctrl-D to frequency used entities. Also provide a quick way to insert entities. I have them all memorised so typing them is no problem.
  8. Fix the syntax colouring schemes so there is always sufficient contrasts when highlit.
  9. Let me configure a more legible and larger font in source mode, such as Pragmata Pro.
  10. Let me configure a bar of icons to do my most common markup tasks. Paragraph markup would work clicking anywhere in the paragraph.
  11. Make commands work the same in WYSIWYG and source mode as far as is possible.
  12. Highlight properly formed entities in a different colour in Source mode. Currently, if you don’t type an entity correctly, it will not tell you, just bugger it up making it even harder to correct.
  13. Simulate a simple browser inside Blue Griffon so I can very rapidly see how the page will behave, including links. It could actually be a separate browser, just one loaded automatically and shut down automatically, than rendered in a Blue Griffon Window.
  14. Hook up the manual so you can read it by hitting a button on the help menu.
  15. Optionally save the compacted, with all excess whitespace removed. See Compactor.
  16. Allow you to sort tables similar to CSVSort for CSV (Comma-Separated Value) files.

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