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    Senior Member solidgold's Avatar
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    Hey everybody,
    Is there any software that is similar to Dreamweaver 8 but is free and produces semantic script?
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    WYSIWYG is not a good thing at all - try out something like Aptana. You won't look back!

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    Ah right, is it easy to use? also does it have that design section like dreamweaver? thanks a lot Solidgold

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    You can just use Dreamweaver in Code view most of the time, which is what I do. No designer can make truly sematic code in a WYSIWYG mode because it doesn't know the content you're trying to create. If you appropriately nest things in divs/spans, use header tags, give IDs and classes to the appropriate elements, etc., then it's trivial...until you make the CSS.
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    Senior Member solidgold's Avatar
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    So what you are saying is that my best bet is to simply use dreamweaver code view for the majority and just use the design view for checking how the site looks? i guess that makes sense, i was looking to use design software so that i can try out different things to decide what works, still thanks a lot

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    Yes. It's pretty rare that I go into Design view at all, especially for more complex sites where Dreamweaver loses all hope of properly rendering it in the Design view.
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    Agree 10000% with filburt!

    There's no problem with using DW! It's a great tool when you use it properly. Stick to code view and you shouldn't have any problem
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    I use DW8 as well, in split view. I do the layout in the code section, and check how the text looks in the design view. I don't ever expect the layout to be what it is in a browser, but it does help to decide whether the colors are ok.
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