BeeDeeDubbleU - 11:19 am on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
I think some of you are being a wee bit elitist and unfair here. I have made a good living as a website designer and optimiser based on my ability to use Dreamweaver. I have about 150 happy clients in my portfolio, most of whom have given me terrific testimonials.
The reason for this is that I have met and exceeded their requirements with regard to their websites. It is now part of my process to ensure that all my websites validate but in just about all cases the clients don't give a tinker's cuss what the code looks like. Many of them do not even know what "code" is, all they are interested in is how their website looks and if it is going to do a job for them.
I do now understand HTML and I can edit the code manually but I see no reason to stop using DW, which delivers exactly what my clients and I need. Think about your clients folks and forget your own egos.
Actually Steve offered a good analogy about the code behind Word documents. The bottom line is how it looks.