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Chapter 4. Introducing Web and Graphics ... > Considering Web‐Design Software

Considering Web‐Design Software

While you can code Web pages entirely in Notepad (and some folks do it), we advise you to look at the Web‐design software packages that are available. Some Web developers will tell you that these packages are bloated, and they write bad code. While there might be some truth to this, it's mostly just coder snobbery. You should choose tools that work best for you. The bloat they're referring to is actually a set of helpers and features that, if used properly, can help you be a better Web designer.

You shouldn't, however, substitute software helpers for learning HTML (HyperText Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), and the other technologies you intend to use. If you don't learn how it all really works under the hood, you can't fix problems beyond the software's capabilities. You also won't be able to clean up the mistakes that WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get, or WHIZ‐ee‐wig) editors often make — such as leaving tags behind after you've deleted the content.


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