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I'll agree it's coming, Gene, but when? Adobe took PostScript and made it
into usable design tool within a few years when PageMaker came out. Whenever
I fire up a demo version of DreamWeaver, I close it pretty quickly, because
it's far easier for me to write clean HTML and CSS in a text editor, and
because whatever custom ASP code I came up with over the years always breaks
the way DW interprets the page.
In the meantime, what do we do? Design shouldn't be created by If-Then
statements. I touched on this a bit recently with my FrameMaker 9 review: http://edmarsh.com/?p=107
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> I can't program beyond simple scripts either, which puts me
> at a great disadvantage in doing hands-on documenting of SW
> compared to another writer who can. It's why my resume has
> virtually no SW documenting on it, except for cases where the
> SW was incidental to a larger HW-SW system and I did the
> writing because there was no budget to bring in someone who
> could do it without having to constantly pester the SW
> developers with trivial questions that an entry-level
> programmer wouldn't have had to ask.
> WRT XSL and "design created in code," all electronically-
> produced documents are "created in code," but the
> "traditional" design tools hide their code under more
> user-friendly UIs. This will come eventually.
> Gene Kim-Eng
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