I tried gedit, which already came with my 11.10 release of Ubuntu, VIM, which was easily installed, and Bluefish, equally simple to install.
gedit was quite simple, vanilla and easy to use. It got the job done and after typing in my handwritten code, I was able to view it using my browser: Firefox.
Upon opening the document with VIM, I was a little intimidated with all the bells and whistles. It seems to have more functionality. After tinkering with the document, I felt impowered. I was still able to do everything I could in gEdit, but would need to excersize a little self control if I were to avoid taking shortcuts.
Bluefish blew me away! It has yet more tools and windows displaying my file tree and push button media insertion. More discipline will be required if I am to learn how to write HTML from scratch. I may end up using this text editor once I feel more comfortable with gEdit.
I am learning that there are a load of free tools available at my fingertips. I am also again confronted with the lifelong decision of choosing the right mix of discipline and shortcuts. There is a very interesting idea of the appearance of web-content and the building of web-content. Many different people are choosing their favored tools to build something which ends up, in my view, looking pretty much the same.