Re: Web site programs

Subject: Re: Web site programs
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 14:12:41 +0300

If I understood the original question properly, it was not which
programs are called for for getting jobs as much as what might be
recommended for doing an HTML newsletter and perhaps a few individual
sites...and that Dreamweaver was too pricey for the poster.

While Dreamweaver is still the most popular web creation program among
professional web designers, it is also far harder to use proficiently
by beginners than many of the alternatives. Whatever its merits,
though, the original poster has ruled it out on the basis of cost.

For small projects like these, too, hand-coding might be a
considerable challenge if all that is wanted is to get a reasonably
clean result in a short amount of time and with reasonable effort.

For update purposes, it seems to me that becoming familiar with CSS
would be still worthwhile. Changing a particular style that occurs in
many parts of the site for things like font and color variations are
far simpler through changing a single reference in a CSS file than
trying to go through the entire site code to find every instance, for
example.

For a newsletter, it could be that using OpenOffice.org with its HTML
export capability might be a place to start. Someone also mentioned
the open source application Kompozer--which does a decent job of
WYSIWYG HTML creation and editing. (Komposer is available for Windows,
Mac, and for Linux, and is also free). See <http://kompozer.net/>

Will the freÑ Kompozer do everything that Dreamweaver will? Of course
not! However, it will do many of the same things--and probably easier
for a newcomer as well. It will do all the major things most people
want to do on a website, however...and continues to improve. It has
integrated color picker, simple tab interface to switch betwen WYSIWYG
and HTML editing, and much more.

Whatever road you choose to travel, good luck with the project!

David
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