Nvu (pronounced N-view, for a “new view”) is a complete Web Authoring System that combines web file management and easy-to-use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web page editing. Nvu is designed to be extremely easy to use, making it ideal for non-technical computer users who want to create an attractive, professional-looking web site without needing to know HTML or web coding. —NVu (NVu.com)

A former student suggested this for the next time I teach web authoring. The last time I taught “Writing for the Internet,” we jumped right into blogging, which slowed us down when we moved on to design, and suddenly cyberspace wasn’t push-button simple anymore. Next time, I’m going to bite the bullet and teach some basic HTML along with blogging, but once I’ve done that, I’ll move to a WYSIWYG editor. I’d been using FrontPage Express, simply because it’s free and small enough that students can put it on their portable drives or use it at home, but it’s an ancient program by now.

I hope the program is less geeky than the silly acronym, but the reviews I’ve seen look very good. Hurrah for open source!