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HTML creation

Apr 7th, 2008 23:03
ha mo, Colin Fraser, Thomas A,


Personally, I find that using a text editor is a good way of spending
lots of time to make a web page, creating HTML code. If I want something
very quickly, that is heavily structured, I might use something like
Post-Nuke or if I am just not too worried about the end result and need
something in a hurry I will use Dreamweaver, or if I really could not
care about the end result I will steel my nerves and use FrontPage.
(This last is an extremely rare event, like once only ever and I swore I
would never do it again, the loss of self respect is enormous.) 
To put good Javascript into a web page, I cannot go past a text editor,
and hand code everything. Well, OK, I have a library of easily re-usable
functions that I find are the most common things required in a page and
I often cut and paste, with a minimum of editing, I can prepare a page
relatively quickly. 
However, I am a minimalist, which means I am always looking at something
different that will provide me with what I need, smaller, faster code.
Javascript is great for somethings, not so good for others. PHP is
better all round but requires a lot of skill to adequately use. I have
found Java somewhat clumsy, but then I don't think I really gave it a
chance after finding PHP. Mixing javascript and PHP produces pages that
are economical, functional and still retain a reasonable level of
sophistication. I once looked at ASP, once only. I am not a big fan of
the Dark Side, nor its products or technologies. 
However, I have had time working on my employer's intranet to learn a
great deal, where my mistakes are easily repairable and do not cut me
down in the eyes of my peers. Fortunately, the company intranet is not
too demanding of intense datahandling capabilties, but it's primary
purpose is as a learning tool for all employees. So, I write lots and
lots of tutorials and company information (which is often propaganda,
but lots of social stuff too). I prepare lots of graphics and the like,
digital imagery, scanned or photographed, and a whole range of text
based data as well. Some pages are big, some are small, but I get
through it all using the same basic HTML techniques I started using
three years and three revamps ago. Update, update, it makes your
employer happy to see you have been so busy, and productive. It would be
a pity if he ever realises that CSS is a handy tool..:)    
I hope this is what you are looking for. I am certain that some,
probably the majority of, people who read this will shudder at my
comments, others will wonder why they had not thought about these things
before. In either case, I dont care, because I am of a school that
genuinely believes in a "whatever works for you" approach.
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