On Oct 22, 2007, at 5:11 AM, [EMAIL-REMOVED] wrote:
> Dreamweaver, like other GUI web development environments, lies to you
> about how your page looks - visitors don't browse the web with
> Dreamweaver. Also, you will eventually find yourself in a situation
> where there's a problem in your site that you can't fix in the GUI
> so you switch to code view ... at which point, you need to know CSS
> HTML just as well as if you never used a GUI environment. So I'd say -
> forget the GUI development environment and just work with a good code
> development environment from the first!
Some people prefer that approach. However many others find it more
efficient to be able to effortlessly switch between visual and code
Of course, you need to preview your work in a variety of browsers,
not just in your authoring tool.
> If you really want to use a GUI tool for a mockup, use your preferred
> presentation software package. They all let you set up links, so
> you can
> at least take clients through the flow of the site.
The problem with this is that "presentation software packages" are
not for graphics. If the clients like what they see in the
presentation, you'll eventually have to go back and create the
graphics - all over again.
If you start by creating the graphics in Photoshop, you'll be much
closer to having graphics you can use.
By the way, I often use the "layer comps" feature in Photoshop to
"take clients through the flow of the site" (as you would do by
creating links in PowerPoint or whatever).
> No, grab one of the layouts from Layout Gala. Or grab the layout
> from a
> site you like.
That's a fine suggestion. Experimenting with different layouts is a
good way to learn.
Note, however, that the layouts provided with the current Dreamweaver
frequently include useful comments explaining how and why things work
the way they do. Not all layouts you grab off the Web offer that
additional learning experience.
Now that the original poster has been presented with some differences
of opinion, he can explore them and see which fit his own preferred
To each, their own. ...pt
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