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[edited by: encyclo at 11:53 pm (utc) on Sep. 23, 2007]
[edit reason] no URLs thanks [/edit]
Regardless of which software (if any), it's very important to know HTML. There are times when you just have to get in and fix something in the code, and without knowing HTML it can't be done.
I've seen some disasters with sites made with a WYSIWYG editor with webmasters who didn't have half a clue about HTML.
Either buy it, or start over with a free/inexpensive editor (of which there are many that are at least decent and several that are good) and throw away your month of learning Dreamweaver.
And I'd avoid getting trials of software that you don't intend to buy in the future. I can't think of a bigger waste of your time.
If you want advice on cracking Dreamweaver to get it for free, you'll have to go somewhere else.
My recommendation for a free wysiwyg editor is NVU.
I prefer to hand-code, but once in a great while, someone needs an update done **immediately!**, as in they waited until the last minute to send in an update request.
I usually go back in later and clean up the code.
My recommendation for anyone using a wysiwyg editor is Learn HTML.
BTW: my first post here, been lurking for years
I started out with straight HTML in Notepad 'til I had it down, then went to a free text editor, which is just pushing buttons for inserting tags instead of typing them. It gives the same control over the code, and it takes knowing HTML, but it's faster and saves a lot of typing.
Then I got DW2 at student pricing, never felt the need to upgrade it, and have used it since. But I'd be lost without knowing HTML, and code all my CSS by hand in Notepad. So it's all lean, clean code (most of the time), but I couldn't survive without the speed of WYSIWYG for most of what I do.
HTML-Kit is good (and free), and it's got HTML Tidy built-in to check for bad code. And Amaya is available at W3C for free, if you can figure out how to download it.
[edited by: Marcia at 6:21 pm (utc) on Sep. 24, 2007]
[edited by: trillianjedi at 6:37 pm (utc) on Sep. 24, 2007]
[edit reason] Please see TOS re personal links, thanks ;) [/edit]
Besides from that, it's ok to be able to edit some of the basic html and make changes and small corrections to it - but unless you're one of those pro-hardcore-did-everything-myself code designers - who usually have in interest in keeping customers around, there's rarely a need to code your website by hand. But that's a whole other discussion, perhaps I should go put some troll bait out for the rest of the ogres on this forum...
Sincerely, and have fun,
P.s: Don't throw links in here about anything, moderators usually don't like it. :)