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Chapter 5. HTML Overview > WYSIWYG Authoring Tools

5.2. WYSIWYG Authoring Tools

The last two years have seen an explosion in the web authoring tool market. WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) HTML editors have graphical interfaces that make writing HTML more like using a word processing or page layout program. In the beginning, their goal was to spare authors from ever having to touch an HTML tag in the way that page layout programs protect designers from typing out PostScript. Today, their role has shifted towards making document production more efficient and automated while still providing access to the HTML source.

5.2.1. Should You Use Them?

These days, nobody pretends that WYSIWYG authoring tools will excuse you from learning HTML completely, but they do provide a considerable head start for many menial tasks. Because these tools are notorious for adding extra code to HTML files, the question of whether or not to use them for web production has become something of a holy war among web developers.


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