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More recently, I've seen lots of CSS and absolutely positioned divs -- which can be very wasteful in the code to content ratio for a page. Because of absolute positioning, they can even enter entire paragraphs out of sequence, which affects keyword prominence.
WYSIWYG editors are focused on ease of use -- appearance and browser compatibility at any price. That brings efficiency to intranets, but it's not so good for global marketing. So I stick with HomeSite or even EditPad. Still seems right to me. As of 6 months ago, head-hunters in Boston were still requiring hand coding skills for their HTML jobs.
Just opening an HTML file in (shudder) Composer adds crap to the code -- and I have a business partner who tends to do just that. Net Objects Fusion loves to nest tables, and so does FP. Dreamweaver is a bit better, to my memory, but I still get better results when I control the code directly.
I'd say WYSIWYG editing and SEO don't work hand in hand. They're just not coming from the same place.
To build the remaining pages of the site I just build the *parts* in Claris
and copy code to the Simple Text where it belongs.
Reference points like <!--start text here--> and <!------------------nav menu------------------->
help to keep me straight.
I'm very LOW TECH = no java, no nothing
The advantage this gives is that you can have DW on the main screen and the code editor on the other, switching between the two as and when. Go wild and have three, display ACD SEE on the other, just drag the graphics onto the page.
The main problem I have found with DW is that if you swap things about visually it has a tendency to leave remnants of the old code, you still need to dip into the HTML now and again to tidy up.
The site wide search and replace function is excellent as is the ability to drag files from one directory to another and have DW update the links.
Otherwise there are lots of things to hate. Try to import a page written by another program and the orthodox fundamentalist syntax control will protest until you simply give up. And import of other documents (e.g. Word or .txt) is clearly underdeveloped. But it does write clean code.
DW was the best, but of a very bad WYSIWIG lot. Last time we looked it still did quite a few surprises with the raw code, though you can configure a lot of these surprises out - that is a plus.
For us its text editing.. specifically NoteTab Pro with some custommized add ons and our own "clipBooks". Starts up in 1 second and is a HTML purists delight.