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Re: [css-d] OT: Lack of Knowledge and the Web Factory

Sent by abbey on 29 January 2002 12:12


At 09:45 AM 1/29/2002 -0500, RUST Randal wrote:
>Why do you think it is that there is such a lack of knowledge in our
>industry?  I work for a big IT consulting firm, and the current web project
>I'm on didn't even think to register a domain name (this was back before I
>came onto the project).

I'm on several lists, some are even web-oriented, and I'm going to guess 
the lack of knowledge is due to the proliferation of WYSIWYG *tools.* I 
know of several graphic artists (very good ones too) who buy a copy of the 
WYSIWYG du jour and go into business as web developers based on their 
ability to manipulate a graphics tool.

I've also seen people get started with personal home pages, garner a few 
compliments and then think they're *designers/developers* too after 
figuring out how to use the web-based file tools provided by some hosts.

I know one woman who owned FrontPage for several years and thought she 
could save her company money by re-doing the company web site (the 
company's first framed site was definitely over-priced). So, she scanned in 
the company brochure, added some links and asked me to critique it. Took 10 
minutes to download and then I was, well, let's just say I could have been 
kinder.

I agree -- there is a /huge/ lack of knowledge. I love coding and I love 
CSS -- can't do near the things some of you do with CSS, but, hey, I'm 
here, I'm trying.

tamara abbey


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