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    Ok this is the thing i have been reading through css today, and it seems that to use css you have to hand code the whole site this will take forever and a day with large sites.
    what happend to dreamweaver and "wysiwyg"?

    Have both layers and tables gone out of the window with css?

    or can you build the site with layers instead of tables and intergrate the external css file afterwards?

    Seems a little long winded else.

    just seems odd thats the only reason i ask. Supose i will have to start using css sometime sooner or later though.

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    `Layers' have been replaced by the div tag. You can, indeed, code a site completely with divs, but you have to code it in plain text. Then you can apply a stylesheet to do what you want with it.

    You can still use dreamweaver to apply CSS, though it's not the most spectacular at parsing CSS and displaying it, in my opinion.

    Tables have gone out the window as far as layout is concerned. Tables are still to be used with tabular data, as they were originally meant to be.

    As for hand coding, you'd be surprised how little it takes once you get the hang of it. You can avoid replicating code (say, headers) by using Server-Side Includes or a server-side scripting language like PHP or ASP. These allow you to include files into another file, thus letting you put the header in one file and include it in all other files.

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    Once I took the decision to handcode and ditch the WYSIWYG I never looked back.

    I discovered that to code websites you needed to understand *exactly* how everything you did would affect your site in different browsers... and things like Dreamweaver or *any* other WYSIWYG prevent you in many ways from doing that as they add code etc. that you never intended to be there.

    Sean


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