Sausage Software is staying true to founder and CEO Steve Outtrim's promise to stay HTML-agnostic with the release of version 4.5 of its flagship HotDog Web authoring program.
The new version is the first with a "Property Sheet" feature, which Sausage says displays all possible attributes for a particular HTML tag and allows point-and-click access to set proerties. HotDog's Syntax Manager allows users to specify which level of HTML is to be supported in code - including HTML 3.2, Microsoft or Netscape HTML extensions, the draft HTML 4, and WebTV.
Sausage's main focus has returned to HotDog in recent months, after it suffered losses on its "Snaglets" applications business and its once-heady share price plummeted. Version 4.5, the second major upgrade in four months, also offers support for Dynamic HTML, including some animation effects that Outtrim says will display exactly the same way in either Netscape Communicator or Internet Explorer 4.0.
Outtrim says Sausage is "committed to supporting all enhancements to HTML, but we've always tried to stay neutral in the browser wars. Webmasters want to write code once that looks great in both browsers, whethere it's standard HTML or Dynamic HTML. Because we make Web authoring tools and we don't make browsers or servers, we don't have any hidden agendas to push or standards battles to fight."
HotDog 4.5 can be purchased and downloaded at Sausage's Website, www.sausage.com. Existing HotDog 4.0 users can upgrade for free.