Windowlicker wrote:Alright, cheers. I tend to enjoy habits, moving away from basing it at i is.. a large amount of effort. I've never seen the ii, iii thing before.. I quite like that. I'll give it a go.
On a slightly (entirely) unrelated note, how do web devs these days write their (x)html? I've seen a lot of advice on forums around the internet advising away from Dreamweaver, but one of my lecturers spent much of a lecture the other day telling us that manually typing html died out ages ago and all the "pros" use graphical tools like Dreamweaver.
I'm inclined to go with the forums, partly because when I used Dreamweaver it didn't seem very good, and partly because that particular lecturer doesn't seem to actually know about any of the things he talks about..
If I'm just doing some simple design stuff, I'll just find the file I need in Total Commander and hit F4, which opens the file in Notepad++ (my default editor in Windows). The same for CSS stuff etc. If I'm doing more serious PHP stuff, I'll either use Notepad++ or Eclipse PDT
. I don't personally know a single web developer who knows his stuff and uses a WYSIWYG editor. And the people I know that use Dreamweaver are mostly just beginners/not very seriously interested in web dev stuff.
That said, most of the time I'll use some (very general) template if I'm starting from scratch (ie. a file.php with just basic stuff like document type, encoding, etc.) Also, using frameworks changes the workflow a bit, but still, you don't really need a graphical tool all that much, since you're gonna be checking your design in various browsers anyway. Just open the page you're working on in a few browsers and hit F5 each time you make a change. This is very important for bug fixing (to be more precise - Internet Explorer bug fixing).
Oh, one thing that really bothered me with Dreamweaver was how it handles UTF-8 - I've found that if the file you're writing doesn't contain a character that isn't in Latin-1 (Western European), you can't save it in UTF-8 - it just gets saved as Latin-1 no matter what you set as the encoding. Since my mother tongue is Serbian, and I make websites in this language, this has been *incredibly* annoying many times. And last but not least - Notepad++ is free, Eclipse as well. Dreamweaver costs a bunch of money and doesn't work like I want it to. For me, the choice is pretty clear, and I'm certainly not the only one.
Hope this helps at least somewhat! Cheers!