Do you remember NVU? It was once introduced as the successor of all HTML editors, and was placed (well, at least by the marketing) as an alternative to Frontpage and Dreamweaver. The 1.0 release was in June 2005 – and I never heard anything of it again.
So, welcome to the world of software: such stuff happens all the time both with proprietary software and with open source software. There are other projects which disappeared suddenly.
Fortunately, this time there are more information left, and it doesn’t sound to bad:
The author of NVU is working on a successor building upon the new Gecko engine and refactoring the whole code to take advantage of other techniques like SVG and stuff.
There is also quite a lot of progress the last weeks and months, so we will probably see something working early next year. In the meantime there is a community-fixed fork of NVU, kompozer.
This brings another topic to my mind: sometimes I come across software pages where I want to get an impression where the development is at this moment and how active the project is – and I’m almost unable to find anything. Even worse is the situation when you try to gather information about future releases. Only few projects have clear roadmaps or release plans.
Sure, in case of commercial software (especially in case of proprietary, commercial software) the pages disappear after some time when there is no development. But other pages are just not updated anymore and continue to exist and show release dates some years in the past.
But, on the other hand: sometimes the developers do not keep the omepage up2date because they are to busy developing 😉 And in such cases, e-mail lists and svn/cvs commits are a good source to get an impression of the project.