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Chapter Four. XML Conquers the World (An... > Web Standards and Authoring Tools

Web Standards and Authoring Tools

Developed at the height of the browser wars, market-leading, professional visual editors like Macromedia Dreamweaver and Adobe GoLive initially addressed the problem of browser incompatibility by generating markup and code optimized for 3.0 and 4.0 browsers.

When browsers ran on nonstandard, invalid HTML tags, Dreamweaver and GoLive fed them what they needed. If each browser had its own incompatible Document Object Model, driven by its own proprietary scripting language, Dreamweaver and GoLive would code accordingly.

In so doing, Dreamweaver and GoLive were no more at fault than developers who authored the same kind of markup and code by hand. As explained in Chapter 2, “Designing and Building with Standards,” site builders did what they had to do when standards were still being developed and browsers had yet to support them. “Feed 'em what they ask for” made sense in those days but is no longer an appropriate strategy. As browsers shored up their standards support, tools like Dreamweaver and GoLive needed to do likewise. Today they have.

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