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Using a WYSIWYG editor does not always mean "newbie" skill set. A great deal of time, it means faster delivery, which means more satisfied clients and quicker profits for designer/developer. I commend people who still want to write from scratch, but with all available tools out there to make process faster and simpler, why bother? If given choice to either use a horse and buggy or drive a car, which one would you choose if you lived 45 minutes away with only 1 hour to get to your destination? If you think like I do, then car would be your best choice in order to meet your deadline. Just because you write HTML from scratch does not mean that you will decrease testing time, nor will it make your website perfect first time, but it will keep you from producing a few extra websites. Scenario:
There are 6 website projects and 2 website design companies. One designer will write HTML from scratch and other will use a WYSIWYG editor. The website designer who wrote HTML from scratch finished 2 websites in a year. The designer that used WYSIWYG editor completed other 4 websites in a year with same quality websites as website designer that wrote 2 websites from scratch. Who will client choose when more websites need development?
As I stated earlier, it is not all bad to use a WYSIWYG editor if you already know HTML. Personally, I like fast turnaround time that I have now as opposed to days when I wrote HTML from scratch. For those of you who like to use WYSIWYG editors, keep it up and don't let anyone turn you around, but make sure you keep up with W3C standards and watch for deprecated code.
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