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Do you hard-code or use a WYSIWYG?
#code #hard #wysiwyg
  • Profile picture of the author joe12joe
    I prefer WYSIWYG as its easy to understand and make changes. I guess, the purpose of WYSIWYG would fail, if we will keep on using those hard codes.
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  • Profile picture of the author webpro4hire
    I Wysiwon't

    Most WYSIWYG editors pollute the code with unnecessary tags, leaving unoptimized code, which requires bandwidth, hence costs money.

    Visual editors are o.k. to get a feel for the look, but ultimately, the code is optimized and checked for superfluous tags, etc..

    WP4H
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  • Profile picture of the author twmaffun
    Yeah, WYSIWYG is horribly formatted and unoptimized by the time you change a lot of stuff around :/
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    • Profile picture of the author KathyK
      Hard code. I do use wysiwyg sometimes for preview or quickly rearranging things - but I always go back to plain code. Wysiwyg just doesn't put out clean code (and that applies ALL the Wysiwyg programs I've ever tried.)
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  • Profile picture of the author alv22
    I guess I'm a bit of a control freak. I never, ever use WYSIWYG modes. I've tried, but I need to see the code to be sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryandonald34
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    • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
      The biggest issue with most WYSIWYG editors I've used is they produce code that's not standards-compliant (the one exception being Dreamweaver). In other words, your site is likely to look OK in certain browsers/versions, but screwed up in others.

      I started out using free/cheap WYSIWYG editors (tried lots of them) but after a while got so fed up with the issue mentioned above, that I broke down and learned how to code everything myself. It's not hard to learn the basics of XHTML & CSS... for static sites that's really all you need.
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      • Profile picture of the author alv22
        Originally Posted by Brandon Tanner View Post

        The biggest issue with most WYSIWYG editors I've used is they produce code that's not standards-compliant (the one exception being Dreamweaver)
        Does Dreamweaver create usable code nowadays? Last time I used it a couple of years ago, the WYSIWYG mode created valid but horribly, horribly indented and messy code impossible to use (except by the wysiwyg editor).

        I guess my experiences in the past with Dreamweaver and Frontpage have caused me to steer away from WYSIWYG modes. It's the year 2011, one would suppose the editors could create usable code today...
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  • Profile picture of the author affilorama-portal
    I am a competent coder but I prefer WYSIWYG as it lets me finish faster. Of course, if there are elements that I really need to hard-code, I go in there and do it.

    But once in awhile I like to do pure hard-coding, just to make sure that I do not forget how to do it
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