VENT: This is why I hate FrontPage

Subject: VENT: This is why I hate FrontPage
From: Tracy Boyington <tracy_boyington -at- okcareertech -dot- org>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 15:52:12 -0500

Every time I mention my distaste for FrontPage, someone
tells me it's the greatest thing since sliced bread and says
"don't blame the tool, blame the user." And there's usually
some gushing about what a time saver it is, how it lets just
anybody create a fantabulous page in seconds, blah blah
blah. So... I've been struggling with it for over a week
now, and it keeps eating my javascript. It's just a little
mouseover, no big deal, but I keep getting it fixed, get it
to work when previewed in a browser, and then going back to
that page and finding it doesn't work. Again. And I go back
into the HTML view and chunks of the javascript are missing,
so I put them back in, everything works, I close the file
and the next time I open it the same thing happens. And FP
makes it *harder* to fix it because it won't leave my HTML
alone... I try to use spaces and hard returns to organize
it, but every time I close it, FP helpfully undoes all of
that for me. So, right now, as I gaze upon my site that
worked perfectly before I uploaded it to the test server,
the site that I could have finished in half the time if I
had used my old text-based editor, I can assure you that
FrontPage is NOT saving me any time, it's NOT saving me any
work, and it's a BAD THING!!!!!

Thanks for listening.
(still thankful I'm not Kat Nagel!)
Tracy Boyington mailto:tracy_boyington -at- okvotech -dot- org
Oklahoma Dept. of Vocational & Technical Education
Curriculum & Instructional Materials Center
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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