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What is Dreamweaver?

25th November 2011
Categories: basics, dreamweaver

In the last couple of posts on HTML I've mentioned that you can easily edit it in a text editor. You'd be forgiven for thinking that I don't want to spend money on fancy WYSIWYG tools and that's why I'm so excited about being able to edit HTML in notepad. 

In fact what I like about HTML being written in plain text (unlike, for example, the formatting of Word documents) is that it's easy to debug (in other words, to look behind the scenes and figure out what's going on).

Dreamweaver combines HTML and CSS plain text editing with a WYSIWYG tool which lets you check progress as you go or edit WYSIWYG on the fly. It's the industry standard tool for this sort of thing, although there are many, many programs which do more-or-less the same thing.

So if like us you're hooked up with the entire Adobe product family, you'll already have it - do try it out. You can also get a taster by downloading a 30 day trial.

What we normally do when we create HTML and CSS from a design, though, is split it up into different parts of the page and hand-code those parts to a high standard in terms of HTML and CSS best practice and accessibility, something Dreamweaver doesn't always encourage, and then feed those bits and pieces of HTML into the template side of a content management system (CMS).

To find out more about CMS's you'll need to wait for my blog post on that subject - coming soon!

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