lavazza - 11:45 pm on May 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
I think that considering the "component of pride and fulfillment of creation" is of prime significance in replying to the OP who - self-taught in HTML and CSS - wants to "pursue a career in the digital space"
Text coding isn't about making money, at least, it's not when you are designing. It is about what skill-set you want to use, and wether you just need the means to an end, or wether you want to know what you are doing. There is a component of pride and fulfillment of creation somewhere as well, but that is with the WYSIWYG developers too I guess.
Taking pride in one's work is what differentiates a rewarding career/profession from a mundane 'job'
When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983)
Developers who are reliant on so-called WYSIWYGs might take pride in 'their' work... but only if they are prepared to consider their designs 'finished' without considering the beauty of accessibility (testing the display and behaviour of their content on a variety of platforms and media types) and maintainability