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One thing which really bugs me is that EW uses its own rendering engine, which is easily confused by simple CSS layouts. So in design view the page doesn't always appear as it does in a browser, meaning I'm forever having to flip back and forth to see what the page really looks like.
Would it be that difficult for MS to use their own browser engine, or even better allow users to plug more standard compliant ones like Firefox's or Opera's?
You can use any browser to preview, including FF
Yes, but wouldn't it be nice not to need to?
If EW used IE's rendering engine, what you saw in wysiwyg design mode would be what you saw in IE (for static pages).
They could at least make EW fully compliant, so CSS behaves as it should. Then you would know it will look reasonable in FF and Opera, and just needs previewing and hacking for IE!
some code and scripts simply do not work right
True, that's a more difficult one!
One thing which really bugs me is that EW uses its own rendering engine, which is easily confused by simple CSS layouts.
I'll agree that EW and FrontPage have their flaws in this area. I've come to find out over the years that some of those flaws were actually in my CSS. A few tweaks here and there and viola, I can now see what the rest of the world is seeing.
But, since I edit at the browser level, it has never been of major concern. And, we use asp include files which don't execute at the local level anyway (can't see the WYSIWYG) without jumping through hoops and installing IIS locally. IE and F5 all the way. :)
I've come to find out over the years that some of those flaws were actually in my CSS. A few tweaks here and there and viola
I hear you, but when you are learning CSS, EW can convince you there are errors in your code when there aren't! I spent ages looking for the problem in some simple CSS for a row of tabs, only to find they worked perfectly in IE, FF and Opera and passed the W3C test.
I still find FP2003 renders more reliably than EW, I'm sure this is something MS will want to improve on in later versions. IMO its the one thing making EW a good tool not a great tool!