[thelist] Frontpage verses Dreamweaver

Ian Anderson ian at zstudio.co.uk
Mon Apr 11 04:32:13 CDT 2005

Niceperrson at aol.com wrote:

>Is it easier to desigh web pages in dreamweaver instead of frontpage Does 
>anyone use dreamweaver if so what is your experience. 
No offence, mate, but are you serious? I smell something suspicious in 
your email address. Never mind; even if you're not real, some people may 
be interested in seeing differing views on this.

1. Frontpage is probably easier to use if you are not a professional web 
designer. Probably easier for other people to share the maintenance of 
the site if you use Frontpage. Although, Macromedia Contribute works 
very well with Dreamweaver sites in these situations.

2. Dreamweaver is a far better product overall; it's for professional 
web designers. Learning Dreamweaver and web design will help you with 
your work career.

3. Some people will look down their noses at any visual editor; I think 
this is unhelpful. My experience has been that while generated code is 
often sloppy and untidy, it usually works. Hand-written code is subject 
to the knowledge, patience and consciensciousness of the author. The 
worst code I have had to work with has always been hand-written by 
people who didn't know better or didn't care. It isn't the typing that 
makes hand-written code better, it's the brain on the end of the 
fingers. Whether those fingers use a mouse and click to make code, or 
type, is irrelevant to the quality of the result.



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