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Chapter 2. Editing Web Pages > Working with Code

Working with Code

Recurring concepts are an interesting aspect of human progress. If you watch a given specialty long enough, the same trends fall in and out of favor, in about the same sequence, over and over again. This is just as true for computer technologies as it is for clothing fashions and the stock market. Sooner or later, everything old is new again!

So it is with the code behind Web pages. Early practitioners worked entirely with code, generally using ordinary text editors. Graphical editors then burst onto the scene, fought for acceptance, and finally achieved respect. And now, the pendulum is swinging back to code. There are two main reasons for this trend:


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