I can hand-write HTML very well, but it takes too long. The code made by Dreamweaver is identical to what I would write by hand and takes one tenth of the time. Most people seem to work the same way as me. They just dip into the code to hand-write a bit here and there.
I guess again it depends on the person. I typically have a structure on sites where the format is controlled by the stylesheets. XHTML 1.1 encourages the seperation of format and content. Most of the content is stored in a database. So we end up with xxx amount of pages all different controlled by CSS files. You could end up with a page looking like -
call content from db
- and it can be that simple.
People who 'dabble' and run a single page may be able to take their time... But I have one website which has 500 pages. It isn't practical :-)
It is practical except for totally static sites. For static sites, it is still possible using stylesheets for total formatting. For content this is different but then we aren't talking about content right now. For dynamically coded sites, modules take care of a lot of issues when changes are required globally.
Amaya is fine for experimenting but it is not a tool for making a professional-looking website in a reasonable amount of time. NVU is more promising, but has no site management tools. I change the name of a page in Dreamweaver and it updates all linking pages in a few seconds. In NVU that will take me several hours to do by hand.
I would disagree with the time constraints but that is just my opinion and I totally respect your opinion and approach to your profession. The way I code my sites I never have to go through and change all pages since careful planning is part of any large project.
If you can make image and page links relative to the server rather than the page they appear on, that lets you copy and paste a block of text from one page to another (or put it in an include) and you can be sure that all the images and links will still work.
Yes that is true. Includes depend on the language though and not the editor you used to write them.
Dreamweaver lets me see any Server Side Includes in the WYSIWYG editor. I have hundreds of pages that are assembled using SSI. In NVU I would end up editing text files. It just isn't going to happen.
Ok well whatever floats your boat as the saying goes. I prefer my way and you prefer yours. The one thing I do like about Dreamweaver is the ability to open tons of pages and edit any one at any time. I can do this in Bluefish.
Basically I'm looking for something on Linux that will replace Dreamweaver and apparently there isn't anything yet... :-)
I personally dislike Dreamweaver but this is similar - http://quanta.sourceforge.net/
It is Open Source and released under the GPL too. If you want, give it a try and if it's any good let us know. I would be really interested in your opinion on it because as a non-Dreamweaver fan I can't really be unbiased in it's comparisons to Dreamweaver.
Thanks for your post.