Recently the developer of a software component gave me a free license to use a component in return for doing some proofreading and translation checking of his website.
He sent me a large number of web pages and i had to go through them all and edit a lot of text.
Now, what tool to use...
the problems were twofold:
1) in order to facilitate comparing old and new versions, what was desired was an editor that would not reformat the html, adding, deleteing, or re-arranging elements.
2) i tried using a plaintext editor (rather than a visual html editor which shows the page as designed), which would have solved #1, but it was just far too hard to proofread and correct so much text on so many pages in this way.
i tried several visual html editor, and the best one i found for this task was, believe it or not, Microsoft Frontpage, which basically left the files exactly in their original form except for the edits i made. the only thing i had to change was set the line length to 9999 or else it tried to break long lines after i edited them.
so, for this kind of task at least, MS Frontpage wins real kudos from me !!!
(ps. i'm as suprised as you are).