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Subject:RE: which class? From:"Wroblewski, Victoria" <vwroblewski -at- NECsphere -dot- com> To:Becca <becca -at- di -dot- org>, tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Fri, 4 Nov 2011 16:21:26 -0500
Sent: Friday, November 04, 2011 2:24 PM
Subject: which class?
I'm setting up my schedule for next term. While no class in CSS and HTML is required for the certificate (that would be far more useful than the web user interface analysis class that is required!) recent conversations here make me believe that knowing more XHTML and CSS would be useful to me.
There are two beginning classes I can take. One uses DreamWeaver and seems to be a Web Design For Dummies class (which is me!). The other uses a text editor, and is geared more for people who want to be professional web designers (which I don't want to be).
Which, do you think, would be more valuable? DreamWeaver? or coding?
I'll jump up in defense of Dreamweaver... is does have a WYSIWYG editor, but it does also have code view. You can design something in the WYSIWYG editor and then jump to the code view to see how it was done, or code directly into the code editor and then pop on over to see how it renders in the WYSIWYG editor screen.
I've used Dreamweaver as part of the docs group to generate HTML output (not in any graceful manner - usually pasted plain text into the editor and then re-formatted away) and it is still my preferred method for HTML-based output (it gives you "clean" code, unlike a lot of traditional desktop publishing-to-HTML solutions).
That said... It may be best to talk to the professors for the classes and see what they feel may be appropriate, or what may be appropriate if you pick up the basics of HTML coding on your own. If the Dreamweaver class doesn't involve anything but the basics of HTML code, it may not be worth it. You can learn the basics of HTML coding very easily on your own with a guide, text editor and a web browser to view your files. I'd sure spend the money on a book to teach me the basics to try and pick it up on my own before I'd tack that class on to my student loan payments.
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