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

Sent by Shirley Kaiser on 29 January 2002 17:05

At 11:54 AM 1/29/2002, Rachel Andrew wrote:
>I can only speak for Dreamweaver but the very fact that the product is 
>extensible is brilliant for developers who are heading up web teams - you 
>can write a whole load of your own code for the rest of the team to use 
>etc. and that code will be as valid and compliant as you write it.
>The problem with all of these tools is that, at present, not one of them 
>produces valid code _by default_ sure you can hack at them to make them 
>come closer, but your average user probably won't realise that.
>The concern really isn't the professional web developer so much as the 
>person using it because looking after their company's website is just one 
>of the jobs they have to do. The professional developer should know that 
>the code might need some work to get it to validate, will know how to 
>extend the product to get the best from it, will know when the product 
>adds extra code and how to stop that ... the average user will just do 
>whatever 'looks nice' and it's for those users that I'd like to see 
>Dreamweaver (and its ilk) produce valid (X)HTML.

Rachel (and anyone else),

Do you know of some good articles, tutorials, tips, or Dreamweaver 
extensions that help with things like you mention, such as how-to's for:

1. when the product adds extra code and how to stop that
2. how to extend Dreamweaver to get the best from it

I know there's a Dreamweaver extension now to help create valid markup, but 
I don't know of what else is out there (especially since I use HomeSite 99% 
of the time as my HTML editing tool). I'd love to add those resources to's Dreamweaver section to help people find them and I'm 
working on something else that I'll write to you about off-list shortly.


Shirley E. Kaiser, M.A.,  SKDesigns  [EMAIL-REMOVED]
Web Site Design, Development
WebsiteTips: Design Resources
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