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Do people really still code complex pages from scratch in a text editor? Do you find that faster than drag and drop in DW and then fix the code in your editor?
I'm surprised, I have to say. There's no way I have the time to build a complex page in a text editor from scratch. Respect to those who do!
Simple stuff of course is a different matter....
Do people really still code complex pages from scratch in a text editor?
Absolutely! I'd never entertain the idea of doing something complicated in a WYSIWYG program, because that's where I most want to have absolute control.
Besides, I haven't written a static page for anything other than testing purposes in several years. (Static pages are great for isolating odd rendering behaviors and such, but that's about it.) Really, I'm a programmer who happens to write programs that use HTML interfaces much of the time.
Effectively Notepad with the ability to have multiple pages open in separate tabs, coloured HTML tags, line counting and a rather basic FTP Client (which I don't use). Although at the moment, my website was made with FrontPage, I'm currently re-designing with vailid W3C compliant HTML in WebNotepad, seeing as I realised how stupid it was for an IE-hater (like myself) to be using FrontPage.
I have some pretty detailed image maps on one of my sites. Recently someone who hates MS products and despises FrontPage asked me how I did such excellent image maps.
The choking sound I heard when I said "FrontPage" was priceless. Absolutely priceless.
The code is sent to [validator.w3.org...] and to [jigsaw.w3.org...] for checking, so I don't really need to see anything in colour. However I do sometimes to a View Source from Mozilla browser, and that does colour some tags.