“Seven Top Authoring Tools” occurred in my search. The term “Authoring Tool” is somehow misleading as it’s not word processing software but a web content creation application. Also terms such as “web authoring tool”, “web page authoring tool”,”course authoring tool” and “e-learning authoring tool” do not help too.
Well, I prefer using “web content management tools” or “e-learning development tools”.
The definition provided by W3C is clear,
“Authoring tools are software and services that people use to produce Web pages and Web content. “
An explanation in the article “A Review On Authoring Tools” written by Khademi, M., et al is clear too.
“… a program that helps you write using hypertext or multimedia applications and enable you to create a final application merely by linking together objects, such as a paragraph of text, an illustration, or a song….”
There are some sources listing useful authoring tools below. I won’t call them authoring tools, but put them under the LCMS.
- Free Authoring Tools for eLearning
- Free and Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning
- 2012 Top Authoring Tools Companies
- 80+ Course Authoring Tools