Re: FrontPage 98 Beta Frustrations

Subject: Re: FrontPage 98 Beta Frustrations
From: Penny Staples <pstaples -at- AIRWIRE -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 14:53:57 -0600

Susan W. Gallagher wrote:

> I thought it'd be pretty nice to have an HTML editor -- see codes in
> color, flip over to wysiwyg mode and back again... Boy was I wrong!
> Call me a geek if you must. I'll stick with WordPad. %-\

I couldn't agree more! I've tried a couple of the so-called
"WYSIWYG" HTML editors and found that they generate
really sloppy HTML mark-up AND THEN WON'T LET YOU
FIX IT. It's like working with a word-processor that insists
on mis-spelling words. I think they're a curse.

For those of you who aren't HTML purists --- WYSIWYG editors
(like FrontPage) tend to generate pages that may:
- load more slowly (because of redundant or bad tags), and
- display improperly on different types and versions of browsers.

I like HomeSite. It has nice little automated features for adding links,
graphics, tables, etc., but gives you complete control over the mark-up.
If I had to translate a lot of stuff into HTML at once, I might use a
WYSIWYG editor to do all of the initial markup, but then I'd open
the files in a text file or non-WYSIWYG editor to fix them
(maybe -- but then again I find that it's usually faster to do the
mark-up by hand than to fix the mark-up a WYSISYG editor
spits out).

Penny Staples
pstaples -at- airwire -dot- com, or

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