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Nvu 1.0 editing Wikipedia main page
Developer(s) Daniel Glazman
Stable release 1.0 / June 28, 2005
Operating system Cross-platform
Development status Discontinued
Type HTML editor
License MPL/GPL/LGPL tri-license

Nvu (pronounced "N-view") is a WYSIWYG HTML editor[1], based on the Composer component of Mozilla Application Suite and Gecko 1.7. It is a common WYSIWYG editor for Linux and is intended to be an open source equivalent to proprietary software like Microsoft Expression Web and Adobe Dreamweaver (although to date it is missing many features they possess). As a WYSIWYG editor, it is designed to be easy for novice users and does not require any knowledge of HTML or CSS to use.

Development of Nvu has been discontinued. KompoZer is the successor open source program.

The project was started by and sponsored by Linspire. Linspire hired Daniel Glazman, former Netscape Communications Corporation employee and CEO/Founder of Disruptive Innovations, to be lead developer.



The original plan in June 2005 was to merge back the numerous changes into Mozilla Composer's source code tree. Since then the Mozilla Suite has been discontinued (then reintroduced as SeaMonkey), and no one merged the Nvu code back into Composer.

Daniel Glazman announced in the course of 2006 that he has stopped official development on Nvu and he would be developing a successor to it. In September 2008 he announced BlueGriffon, written from scratch and based on Mozilla Gecko 1.9.x and XULRunner.[2]

A community-driven WYSIWYG HTML editor fork, KompoZer, fixed some Nvu bugs. Afterwards KompoZer has developed new versions with the Mozilla Foundation support.

Standards compliance

Nvu complies with the W3C's web standards. By default, pages are created in accordance to HTML 4.01 Transitional and use CSS for styling, but the user can change the settings and choose between:

  • Strict and transitional DTD's
  • HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0
  • CSS styling or the old <font> based styling.

The application includes a built-in HTML validator, which uploads pages to the W3C's HTML Validator and checks for compliance.

Release history

  • 0.1 was released on February 4, 2004
  • 0.20 was released on March 25, 2004
  • 0.3 was released on June 11, 2004
  • 0.4 was released on August 10, 2004
  • 0.5 was released on October 6, 2004
  • 0.6 (1.0b) was pre-released on November 26, 2004
  • 0.7 (1.0b2) was pre-released on January 6, 2005
  • 0.8 (1.0b3) was pre-released on February 2, 2005
  • 0.81 was pre-released on February 9, 2005
  • 0.90RC1 was released on March 4, 2005
  • 0.90 was released on March 11, 2005
  • 1.0PR was released on April 5, 2005
  • 1.0 was released on June 28, 2005

See also


  1. Nvu home page [1]
  2. BlueGriffon Announcement [2]

External links

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