Thanks again for all the input. I've seen many of these before, particularly HTML-Kit, as I've been searching for a HomeSite replacement for a few years now. In fact, I have a KeyNote file that I keep with my comments on free HTML builders/editors I've evaluated, as there have been too many of them to keep track of in my head.
Hmmm... looking over my file now, I can't see why I stopped using HTML-kit. I think it's that I just never quite climbed over the learning curve. It seemed like to do anything you had to install a healthy number of plugins. Plugins always trip me up. I can never decide whether to install them all at once (which lengthens the learning curve, sometimes to infinity) or install none of them and then spend time hunting around for one whenever I come up against something I can't do in the base package. This keeps the learning curve shorter, but extends the time it takes to install and configure the software, sometimes to infinity.
Neither approach is really conducive to just installing the program and moving on to being productive with it. IMHO, the learning curve for a text editor, even a complex one, ought to be near zero, especially for someone like me who's been using them in one form or another for decades now.
My notes for the freeware version of DHE Editor say that it looked like a nice development tool, but it was too limited in it's support for HTML elements, and it lacked code (HTML) view! Also, it used a proprietary format for saving it's files and couldn't open HTML files directly.
I'm primarily interested in free / open source offerings not (just) because I'm cheap, but because the company I work for recently changed their policy about software on company-owned machines. No personally-owned licenses are allowed to be installed - only company-owned (or potentially company-ownable) licenses. So if it costs money, I'd have to put in a special request for purchase and installation by the company - which probably has about a 50% chance of being added as a line item to the 2010 budget, then with swift approvals and some luck, an expected installation date of December 2012.
I'd almost chance it for E (it looks amazing!) except that I already have one such request in the works, and I don't want to be seen as a troublemaker... at least any more than I already am.
Oh well. I'll take another look at HTML Kit. I know they're constantly working on it.
Thanks again... and extra thanks to Mouser (or whoever's responsible) for the front page post about this thread too!