TopStyle 5.0 Release Notes

build / July 10, 2014

Tap into the power of CSS3 and HTML5

What's new in TopStyle 5.0

TopStyle 5 includes many new features to help you create and maintain CSS and (X)HTML documents that support best practices and the latest technologies.

CSS3 for Inspector (Shift+F9) and Insight (Ctrl+Space) and Style Checker (F6)
CSS3 Media Queries
CSS Gradient Generator
Text Shadow Generator
Improved options for Preview Files
HTML5 for Inspector (Shift+F9) and Insight (Ctrl+Space)
HTML5-only Validator
HTML Tidy for HTML5
HTML Structure Panel
Wrap HTML Tag
Image Map Editor


Use Google Chrome as the internal browser
XRAY: look beneath the skin
Preview and editor synchronization (HTML-only)

Organize your CSS

CSS Groups
CSS Tidy
Brace matching
Insight (Ctrl+Space)
Filter the drop-down list while typing
Browser compatibility icons
Google Web Fonts

CSS Colors

Highlight CSS color values
Improved CSS color editing
Color Contrast Analyser

Editing Made Easier

SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)
File History
Highlight all occurrences of selected text
Improved property help (Ctrl+click)
Improved Find/Replace in Files
Improved Auto-Replace
Smart Copy and Paste
Quick Access Panel
Drag-and-drop editing
New menu layout
New IDE colors
iWebKit 5


TopStyle 5 includes a new style definition for CSS3. This new CSS3 definition is powering many TopStyle features, including the Inspector (Shift+F9), Insight (Ctrl+Space), and Style Checker (F6).


CSS3 is great, but not every web browser out there fully supports CSS3 and CSS3 itself has not reached its final release stage. That is why some web browsers require so-called vendor-prefixed properties. The vendor prefixes ensure that there are no clashes with the changing specification and to allow the browser maker to start supporting experimental CSS properties.

Of course, keeping up with these vendor-prefixed properties (supporting them, remembering them, etc) is hard. In an ideal world, the web developer should have to focus on standards-compliant CSS properties only.

Prefixr to the rescue. Prefixr will filter your (standards-compliant) CSS3 properties and dynamically update them, adding (vendor-prefixed) properties for cross-browser compatibility.

Here's an example. Suppose you have this style sheet:

You can update an entire style sheet, or a few rules, or a few properties. Simply select the CSS you would like to "prefixize" and then select: CSS > Prefixize.

While creating your style sheets in TopStyle, you focus on the standards-compliant properties and do not worry about browser support. Then when you're done, you let Prefixr do the nasty work and convert your (standards-compliant) CSS3 properties into (vendor-prefixed) properties for cross-browser compatibility.

CSS3 Media Queries

CSS2 allows you to specify a stylesheet for specific media type such as screen or print. Now CSS3 makes it even more efficient by adding media queries. You can add expressions to media type to check for certain conditions and apply different stylesheets. For example, you can have one stylesheet for large displays and a different stylesheet specifically for mobile devices. It is quite powerful because it allows you to tailor to different resolutions and devices without changing the content.

When you add a Style Sheet <link> or @import Rule to your document, TopStyle now supports CSS3 media queries:

In this example, the style sheet you're adding to your document will apply if the maximum width of the device is 480px (eg. iPhone display).

CSS Gradient Generator

CSS3 and HTML5 are introducing many exciting features for web developers. One of the features is the ability to specify gradients using pure CSS3, without having to create any images and use them as repeating backgrounds.

Style Insight (Ctrl+Space) includes a CSS Gradient Generator for background-image:

When you pick linear-gradient from Style Insight (Ctrl+Space), the CSS Gradient Generator appears:

From here, you can change the orientation (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) and the colors that make up the gradient. When you click OK, TopStyle 5 will insert the linear-gradient function into your document:

Text Shadow Generator

CSS3 has a property called text-shadow (a slightly moved, slightly blurred copy of a text).

The TopStyle 5 Text Shadow Generator is a built-in property editor for the text-shadow property:

When you pick Text Shadow Generator... from Style Insight (Ctrl+Space), the Text Shadow Generator window appears:

The simplest form of the text-shadow property has two parts: a color (such as #a5a5a5 above) and an offset (2px 2px in the example above). This results in a sharp shadow at the indicated offset. But the offset can also be made fuzzy, resulting in a more or less blurred shadow.

Improved options for Preview Files (CSS-only)

Starting with TopStyle 5, we have added the following options for Preview Files:


TopStyle 5 includes a new HTML5 definition. This new HTML5 definition is powering the Inspector (Shift+F9) and Insight (Ctrl+Space).

HTML5-only Validator

TopStyle 5 includes a new HTML5-only validator. Thanks to this HTML5 validator, TopStyle 5 makes quality assurance of HTML5 less time consuming than it used to be.

HTML Tidy for HTML5

TopStyle 5 includes the HTML5 fork of HTML Tidy, and supports all the new configuration options.

HTML Structure Panel

The HTML Structure Panel appears below the code editor, and displays the hierarchy of HTML tags that leads up to your editing position.

  1. Open an HTML document
  2. Place the insertion point into some nested code
  3. The HTML Structure Panel appears below the code editor

When you click on one of the buttons in the HTML Structure Panel, TopStyle 5 will select the corresponding HTML tag (and its contents) in the code editor:

In addition to the HTML Structure Panel, TopStyle 5 comes with the following new menu items:

When you click one of these menu items, the enclosing matching tags (and their contents) are selected in your code.

Note: If you keep clicking Edit > Select Parent HTML Tag, and your tags are balanced, eventually TopStyle 5 will select the outermost <html> and </html> tags.

Wrap HTML Tag

While TopStyle easily provides auto tag closing (you type the <a> and TopStyle will automatically close the tag with </a>), it also allows you to easily wrap an HTML tag:

  1. Click in some HTML tag
  2. Select: Edit > Wrap HTML Tag
  3. Start typing to move quickly to the element name you want to wrap the tag in, using the up and down arrow keys if needed (see figure below)
  4. Press OK (or the Enter key) when you're done

Your HTML tag should now be wrapped in a new HTML tag, without you having to manually locate the position for the open tag and the close tag.

Image Map Editor (HTML-only)

An image map is an image that has been divided into areas, or "hotspots"; when the user clicks a hotspot, an action occurs (for example, your reader is taken to another Web page).

TopStyle 5 has a built-in image map editor that makes it easy to create image maps for your Web pages:

1. Add an image to your Web page (the easiest way to accomplish this is to drag the Image icon from the Common tab of the HTML toolbar into your Web page)
2. Right-click somewhere in the <img> tag.

3. From the drop-down menu, click on Image Map Editor...
4. Click anywhere on the image, hold down the mouse button, and draw the shape you want on your image.

5. Continue adding hotspots until your map is complete (you can add multiple hotspot areas to your image map)
6. Click on the OK button when you're done adding hotspots.

7. Click in the href attribute, bring up Insight (Ctrl+Space), and select the URL you want the reader to navigate to when he/she clicks on the hotspot.
8. Preview your image map in a web browser to make sure it works correctly.

Editing existing hotspots is easy. Bring up the Image Map Editor (see above), and then click an existing hotspot to select it. From here, you can move, re-size, and/or delete the hotspot(s).

Use Google Chrome as the internal browser

TopStyle's internal preview panel has always supported both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Gecko (Firefox). TopStyle 4 introduced Apple Safari to the mix. Now TopStyle 5 introduces Google Chrome as the internal browser. This Google Chrome-based internal preview is installed out-of-the-box, without you having to download and install anything separately. In other words: this feature works, even if you do not have Google Chrome installed on your computer.

XRAY: look beneath the skin

XRAY helps you visualize the layout of your page. When you click the XRAY button on the Preview panel's toolbar, the XRAY panel comes up. Now when you click any element on the page, the XRAY panel displays the position, margins, padding, and dimensions of the element.

Basically, you click the XRAY button to instantly answer those vital questions: where is the top and left of this element? how big is each margin? how big is the padding? how wide and high is the content box?

In addition to these details, the XRAY panel also displays the CSS selector(s) that apply to the element. When you click on such a CSS selector in the XRAY panel, TopStyle will automatically navigate to this CSS rule in the editor panel (even if that CSS rule is in some other document!)

Preview and editor synchronization (HTML-only)

When you select some text in the TopStyle 5 preview panel, the cursor position in the editor will automatically synchronize with the corresponding text.

CSS Groups

Inspired by CSSEdit, TopStyle 5 introduces CSS groups. Basically, this serves as an organization method for your CSS selectors, and in the CSS Selector Panel (View > Panels > CSS Selector Panel) you can view them in a folder-based layout.

One of the most daunting things about building and maintaining a web site can be wading through huge, disorganized style sheets. Nothing is worse than opening up a style sheet someone else has worked on and thinking, "what the heck happened here?". One of TopStyle's most powerful features is its ability to group CSS selectors into a folder structure.

Creating a new CSS group starts here. Select a few CSS rule(s) and then click on: CSS > New CSS Group:

Enter a name for your CSS group, and TopStyle will insert the following into your document:

/* @group GroupName1 */

/* @end */

If you’re not using CSSEdit or TopStyle, these group comments are just harmless little comments (in other words: they degrade gracefully in other editors). In TopStyle however, you can (un)fold your CSS groups in the editor, and view them in a folder-based layout in the CSS Selector Panel (View > Panels > CSS Selector Panel)

CSS Tidy

TopStyle 5 includes (and integrates with) CSS Tidy, a CSS parser and optimiser. Thanks to CSS optimisation, you have faster loading pages and lower traffic costs. You can also use CSS Tidy to format (or fix) your style sheets for browser compatibility.

Brace matching

When you select a brace, TopStyle 5 will automatically highlight the matching brace:

Brace matching gives you immediate feedback on misplaced brackets and parentheses. The purpose is to help you navigate through your document(s) and also spot any improper matching, which could cause your website to malfunction.

You can enable (or disable) brace matching here: Options (F8) > Editor > Highlight matching brackets and parentheses

Improved Insight (Ctrl+Space)

• Starting with TopStyle 5, Insight (Ctrl+Space) will filter the drop-down list while typing (show only those items that match what you have typed). This makes searching though the drop-down list a whole lot easier. You can toggle this new feature here: Options (F8) > Editor > Insight > "filter the list while typing".

• When creating new CSS selectors while you're inside a <style> tag, Style Insight will list HTML element names:

• If you enter a dot while you're inside a <style> tag, Style Insight will list the class= attribute value(s) that are in your HTML document:

• In addition to these improvements, Insight includes lots of other improvements such as browser compatibility icons, Google web fonts, CSS gradient generator, text shadow generator, etc.

Browser compatibility icons

When you bring up Style Insight (Ctrl+Space) for a CSS property, TopStyle 5 will display browser compatibility icons for each and every property name:

In this example, box-sizing is supported by all web browsers, columns is supported by Chrome and Safari, and column-fill is supported by Firefox only.

Google Web Fonts

Google provides lots of high-quality web fonts that work in most browsers. TopStyle 5 now supports automatic insertion of these fonts into your page(s).

You don't need to do any programming; all you have to do is to bring up Style Insight (Ctrl+Space) while in a font-family property, either in a <style> block:

...or with an inline style on the element itself:

Now select "Google Web Font..." and this new property editor will appear:

Check one (or more) font, and click OK. TopStyle 5 will insert the font(s) into your page:

Note: in addition to the font family name, TopStyle 5 optionally adds a stylesheet <link> to the <head> section of your web page (recommended).

Now take a look at the Preview Panel (Ctrl+D). You should see a page displaying the following, in the font called Tangerine:

Making the Web Beautiful!

That sentence is ordinary text, so you can change how it looks by using CSS. Try adding a shadow to the style in the previous example:

You should now see a drop shadow under the text:

Making the Web Beautiful!

Note: when specifying a web font in a CSS style, always list at least one fallback web-safe font in order to avoid unexpected behaviors. In particular, add a CSS generic font name like serif or sans-serif to the end of the list, so the browser can fall back to its default fonts if need be.

Highlight CSS color values

When turned on, this new setting will highlight CSS color values with the actual color they represent.

Improved CSS color editing

Color Contrast Analyser

The Color Contrast Analyser allows you to specify a foreground and a background color and then determine if they provide enough of a contrast "when viewed by someone having color deficits or when viewed on a black and white screen".

Right-click in a color value and click on Select 1st Color to Compare. Then right-click in another color value and click on Compare Color Contrast...

...the Color Contrast Analyser appears:

The Color Contrast Analyser will indicate that your colors pass the following tests if they exceed their threshold:

In addition to this Color Contrast Analyser, the Style Checker (F6) will validate that any CSS rule with a (foreground) color and background color has sufficient contrast and produce a warning if not:

SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)

In addition to FTP (previously introduced in TopStyle 4), TopStyle 5 now includes support for SFTP. The FTP Explorer Panel allows you to drag-and-drop documents from your SFTP site into the TopStyle editor. When you save your document, it is automatically uploaded to your SFTP site.

File History

TopStyle 5 creates a backup every time you update and save a document. If you want to manage your backups, then right-click a document tab, and select History...

The File History dialog appears:

From here, you can open a backup, compare differences between revisions, or roll back to a backup (restore a previous revision).

By default, TopStyle maintains 10 backups for documents that are updated and then saved. You can change these settings here: Options (F8) > General > File History

Highlight all occurrences of selected text

TopStyle 5 allows you to highlight (and replace!) multiple occurrences of text (for example: a JavaScript function name) in your document.

When you select some text, a new button labeled "highlight all occurrences of..." appears in the gutter:

Click this button, and TopStyle will highlight all occurrences of your selected text:

Now start typing, and TopStyle will replace all occurrences with what you typed!

Note: if you would like to bail out of this feature, you can simply click the button in the gutter again, or move the caret to some other position in your document.

Improved property help (Ctrl+click)

When you click on a CSS property name while holding the Ctrl key down, detailed help on the CSS property will appear. Starting with TopStyle 5, we have added CSE HTML Validator Help to the potential references for this feature.

In addition to Ctrl+click, help for a CSS property will also appear when you press F1 while the caret is in a CSS property name.

Last but not least, we have added help for HTML elements! Press F1 while the caret is in an HTML tag, and detailed help on the HTML element will appear.

Improved Find/Replace in Files

TopStyle 5 adds support for (S)FTP to Find/Replace in Files. Starting with TopStyle 5, you can search a remote (FTP or SFTP) site in the same manner as a local folder:

Starting with TopStyle 5, we have added the following new options to Find/Replace in Files:

Improved Auto-Replace

TopStyle 5 includes greatly improved auto-replace, adding the following new features:


TopStyle 5 helps you manage your documents with workspaces.

A workspace remembers remembers "things" about the documents you're working on. For example: a workspace remembers your previously opened documents, and then restores those at start-up. When you switch to another workspace, the documents of that workspace are opened, and if you switch back to the former workspace, your previously opened documents are restored. This is extremely useful when working on several projects at the same time.

By default, TopStyle stores everything in a built-in workspace named "TopStyle Default". However, you can create a new workspace (File > New Workspace) or open another workspace (File > Open Workspace). Saving a new workspace is just like saving a normal document - you simply choose a name for the workspace.

In addition to your previously opened documents, a TopStyle workspace restores...
• your last File Explorer directory
• your last Style definition
• your last TopStyle site
• your last Preview File

Smart Copy and Paste

Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) is a simple task to perform and every editor is doing it, but there is a way to make it even simpler and faster.

The idea behind Smart Copy is that you do not need to select anything. Whenever the caret is on a word that's not selected, pressing Ctrl+C (or Ctrl+X) creates the selection for you and then copies (or cuts) the selection to the clipboard.

Because you need normal Paste most of the time, Smart Paste (Ctrl+Shift+V) selects the current word and then overwrites this with the text you have on the clipboard.

Note: Smart Copy and Paste selects whatever would be selected by double clicking in the exact position.

Quick Access Panel

Inspired by HomeSite, TopStyle 5 now includes a vertical toolbar with quick access to: (un)indent, wrap tag, word wrap, hidden character toggle, line numbers, split screen, full screen toggle, and other useful items.

Drag-and-drop editing

TopStyle 5 re-introduces something that is long overdue: drag-and-drop editing.

New menu layout

Over the years, the TopStyle menus have grown a lot, and the organization of those menus hasn't always, uhm, made sense. For TopStyle 5, we decided to re-design the TopStyle menus. Everything CSS-related is now under a new CSS menu, and the confusing Tools menu is gone.

New IDE colors

TopStyle 5 includes new syntax color coding based upon the Solarized color scheme.

iWebKit 5

TopStyle 5 includes iWebKit 5 - a framework designed to help you create your own iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad compatible website or webapp.

In a couple of minutes you will have created a professional looking mobile website. iWebKit is the framework of choice because it is very easy to use, loads extremely fast, and is compatible with all iOS devices.

TopStyle 4.0 Release Notes

build / July 29, 2011

Tap into the power of cascading style sheets (CSS) and (X)HTML.

What's new in TopStyle 4.0

TopStyle 4 includes many new features to help you create and maintain CSS and (X)HTML documents that support best practices and the latest technologies.


When you save your (X)HTML document (File > Save As), you can optionally select encoding for your document. TopStyle allows you to save your document ANSI-encoded (the TopStyle 3.x default), or Unicode-encoded (UTF-8 or UTF-16).

When you open an existing document (File > Open), TopStyle will try and auto-detect the encoding for the document you're trying to open. If the document you're trying to open does not contain a BOM (byte-order mark), auto-detect assumes your document is ANSI-encoded (the TopStyle 3.x default).

Note: TopStyle will always include a BOM (byte-order mark) with your Unicode-encoded documents.

Live FTP editing

TopStyle allows you to edit online documents via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). The new FTP Explorer Panel (View > Panels > FTP Explorer Panel) allows you to drag-and-drop documents from your FTP site(s) into the TopStyle editor. Alternatively, you can select File > Open from FTP from the TopStyle menu.

Note: when you save your document, it is automatically uploaded to your FTP site. TopStyle makes FTP totally transparent. You are not bothered with downloading (and/or uploading) your document(s) by hand.

Last but not least, you can upload your local documents (the ones not downloaded from a FTP site) to your FTP site(s) via File > Save to FTP.

HTML toolbar

TopStyle comes with a new, user-configurable HTML toolbar (View > Show HTML Toolbar) that is displayed above the editor. By default, this HTML toolbar is available to (X)HTML documents only, but you can optionally enable it for CSS documents too via Options (F8) > HTML Settings > HTML Toolbar.

Simply click and hold down the mouse button on an HTML toolbar item, and then drag the item from the HTML toolbar anywhere into your document. When you release your mouse button, a snippet is inserted into your document. Some HTML toolbar items optionally display a dialog where you can configure the snippet before it is inserted.

You can apply an HTML toolbar item to selected text as well. Select some text in your document, then click an HTML toolbar item and release the mouse button without dragging the item out of the HTML toolbar.

Note: HTML toolbar items are stored under \Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\\TopStyle\4.0 (Windows XP) or \Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\\TopStyle\4.0 (Windows Vista). Advanced users can create their own HTML toolbar items.

New style definitions

TopStyle includes new style definitions for IE8 (Microsoft Internet Explorer 8), FF3 (Mozilla FireFox 3), SF3 (Apple Safari 3), and SF4 (Apple Safari 4).

Insight for scripting languages

TopStyle includes Script Insight for ASP (both JavaScript and VBScript), PHP, and ColdFusion.

Code folding

In addition to CSS rule collapsing, TopStyle allows you to collapse...


The TopStyle editor context menu contains new commands for navigating your document(s). To display the editor context menu, right-click anywhere in the editor window.

Choose Toggle Bookmarks from the editor context menu to set or clear up to 10 bookmarked locations in each document you have open in the editor. Bookmarks let you save your place within a long document. You can also press Ctrl+Shift and the number of the bookmark to set or change the location of a bookmark. When a bookmark is set, you see a box in the left margin of the editor with the bookmark number in it.

Choose Goto Bookmarks from the editor context menu to display a list of bookmarked locations you can jump to in the editor. You can also jump to bookmarks by typing Ctrl + the number of the bookmark.

iPhone (and iPod touch) web app development

TopStyle includes iWebKit 4, a simple and advanced development framework for iPhone (and iPod touch) web apps:

In addition to iWebKit, TopStyle includes new CSS definitions for Apple's mobile Safari (iPhone OS 1.1 and iPhone OS 2.0).

Last but not least, TopStyle includes a new *internal* preview for Apple Safari.

Improved inline style

Inline style attributes (eg. style="|") support CSS color-coding and Style Insight (Ctrl+Space).

IE8 document compatibility

TopStyle allows you to change the current IE8 document compatibility mode (you can select a mode from the document compatibility list under TopStyle's HTML menu).

TopStyle's full screen preview (F12) enables experimenting with different IE8 document compatibility modes, so you can see how they affect the rendering of your pages. Because the full screen preview may be split in two panels, each preview panel has its own IE8 document compatibility mode!


TopStyle contains a new HTML definition for HTML5, and supports the new !DOCTYPE for HTML5.

Improved CSS Insight

Live spelling (HTML-only)

TopStyle identifies spelling errors as you type with wavy red underlines, and allows you to act upon each identified problem with a new context menu.

New HTML templates

TopStyle includes new (HTML) templates for HTML5, ASP JavaScript, ASP VBScript, ASP.NET C#, and ASP.NET VB.

Support for the latest web browsers

TopStyle auto-detects the latest (external) browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, and Google Chrome.

Additionally, the (internal) preview for Mozilla Gecko (Mozilla FireFox) has been updated to support the latest version of Mozilla Gecko (Mozilla FireFox).

Improved PHP support

Inside PHP HEREDOCs, TopStyle will display its Tag Inspector (or Inline Style Inspector) and HTML Insight when you're adding/editing HTML tags.

Improved CSE HTML Validator integration

TopStyle includes improved integration with CSE HTML Validator, including HTML link checking.

Updated HTML Tidy

TopStyle includes the latest release of HTML Tidy, and supports all the latest HTML Tidy configuration options.

Look & Feel

TopStyle supports (Windows) XP themes, and provides a better visual user-interface experience on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

TopStyle 3.5 Release Notes

build / October 15, 2007

Changes in Version 3.5