I’ve been building web pages since 1995 or 1996, and as such I am very comfortable inside the HTML. And when I started building pages, at first there were no editors dedicated to writing HTML, and then when they came along, they were text editors. Writing web pages visually, like in a word processor, was unheard of.
When visual web editors came on the market, they produced HTML that was a tangled mess of tags and characters, and they were very difficult to decipher. Plus, they would often not work as well outside the editor (i.e. inside a customer’s web browser) as they did in. So, I, like most designers of that time, quickly learned to distrust WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors.
But, if you do the math, that was over 15 years ago. And the market is starting to catch up. In fact, Adobe has two products that create great HTML5 web pages without any or with very little interaction with the HTML code: Adobe Muse and Adobe Dreamweaver. I have tried out both of these products, and while they are definitely aimed at different markets, they are both great.
Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 On Demand and Adobe Muse On Demand
Before you decide if these books are useful to you, you should check out a free chapter:
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 on Demand Chapter 2: “Getting Started with Dreamweaver CS6”
- Adobe Muse On Demand Chapter 6: “Working with Graphic Styles and Effects”
If you are interested in either of these books, post a comment detailing which book you are interested in and why. I have 5 copies of each book to give away. I will close comments on August 27th and pick the winners on the 28th. If you want a second chance to win, you can subscribe to this blog (in the sidebar). All subscriptions that added before the 27th will be given a second entry in the giveaway. And the benefit of subscribing is that you also get my posts about HTML5 directly in your email as soon as they go live. You can’t lose!