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Then I come here and see all the problems everyone is having. hahah.
I use FrontPage 2003, and I'm not aware of any problems that "everyone" is having.
As someone who wrote HTML code out of necessity in the mid-1990s, I do know that hand-editing HTML is hard on the eyes and not very rewarding to anyone who isn't (a) a hobbyist or (b) paid by the hour to write code.
To each his own, but I prefer to spend my time creating editorial content and letting a program do the boring drudge work.
Are there people out there that still primarily create and manage with text editors?
Stage I: Do everything in HTML with a text editor. Good place to learn what your needs are. Good place to learn how much suffering and pain goes with manually coding everything in HTML. Good place to learn how painful XSLT is to learn/use.
Stage II: Do everything in XML, using XSLT and a few templates to produce the HTML. Good place to learn the joy of separating content from presentation. Retain complete control over HTML, but automatically ensure HTML is 100% bug-free, and be able to change entire look of website by changing a single template. Also learn that this method only scales to about a few hundred pages before getting irritating, due to speed.
Stage III: Create tool to solve the scaling problem (so it scales to thousands, not hundreds of pages), automate various other tasks, and generally make life lovely.
The pain of stage III is watching other work grind to a halt while you get obsessed with tool building :-)
I hand code templates for use with Drupal for running some of my clients sites and my own big websites (7 million page views a month).
What, you handcode templates? Real men code every page by hand. :-)
why would you want to carve a tree with a flint when you can use a proper chisel ..
Or, better yet, a power tool.