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Code Editors

You can build websites without a code editor of any sort. Using the Notepad that comes with the Windows operating system, you can type all the code you need to build websites.

Code editors simplify writing code, to enable you to be more productive. If you are going to do this for a living, you will want one.

There are currently two types available, WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get, sort of) and Text editors.

WYSIWYG editors are not. (remember the lies? Well Here You Are) WYSIWYG editors allow you to design the page graphically, and the high end editors allow you to write javascript and dynamic effects as you go. Dreamweaver is probably the best one on the market, as it understands a lot of the limitations of earlier browser versions, and will write cross-browser code automatically. This is no reason not to validate. Just because it looks good on your machine, doesn't mean that it will look good on the web.

The downside to this type of editor is that, it doesn't always write valid code, the page size is increased, which translates into download speed, the danger of your clients customers clicking away because of the amount of time to download a page, to see if this is the site they are looking for.

Having a visually exciting page with all sorts of rollovers, dynamic effects are wasted on everyone who turns off javascript, images, dis-allows Java to run on their machines, whatever reason.

Text Editors allow you to control every aspect of your websites.
A large part of why you want to be a pixel mechanic is control.
Denial is counter productive, You want to be a Pixel God.

I have Dreamweaver, MS Front Page, Net Objects Fusion, and a bunch of other graphic editors. I use Homesite.

Homesite allows me to control every aspect of website construction. I like that.

It allows me to be more productive, and to exert control over the sites I build. It is simply the best editor on the planet for constructing websites. Your mileage may vary.

What you decide to code with is your choice. Remember, not everybody has a machine as fast as yours, the latest browsers, all the plugins, or a fast internet connection.

Writing tight Valid code and checking it to ensure that it meets your clients expectations, will work on as many types of browsers, is the bottom line if you are serious about doing this for a living.

enough about editing, how about some graphics?

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