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What is Xinha?

written by: Lucinda Watrous•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/16/2009

Xinha, pronounced Xena, like the Warrior Princess, is an open source in browser WYSIWYG editor. Read on to find out more about how you can use this program in place of or in conjunction with others to increase your productivity.

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    What is Xinha?

    Xinha is an open source WYSIWYG editor for web design and development. It can be used in browser and works with: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera. It is completely portable so you don't have to worry about the machines you use having a WYSIWYG such as Dreamweaver or Expression Web installed.

    For developers who know JavaScript, it is possible to contribute to the program. Because it is open source is maintained strictly on a volunteer basis to ensure people have access to the program without having to pay for it.

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    How to Get Xinha

    Xinha is available on the Xinha page. Simply download the appropriate files to your computer, unzip, and install them. There are stable versions, and beta versions available to choose from. If you don't want to download it from the Xinha project website, there is a Xinha Here! add on for Firefox that works well, too. Joomla! designers and developers can get the Joomla extension designed to help them simplify their tasks. A demo is also available for those who want to see what it looks like before they download the package and start using it.

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    How to Use Xinha

    Once you have downloaded and installed the program to your system, you can use it in any browser, for any website you want. There are several different plugins available from within the browser editor window, and users can choose which ones they want to have implemented at any given point and reload the browser window to see the changes. Different skins are available to set the design you want to use while you are working.

    The Xinha plugins allow designers and developers to create a completely custom WYSIWYG interface to suite their needs. With the flexibility the program offers, each and every project a designer and developer works can have a custom approach. Plugin options include: find and replace, character counter, spell check, an image manager and more.