The purpose of this web page is to provide some basic hand coding tips and templates for webmastersor anyone else interested in "doing it yourself" without web authoring software.
At IDP we believe you should hand code your web pages. Normally, hand coded pages will load faster, validate better, be more compatible, more accessible and you will have greater control over your web sites. Web authoring programs are getting better and better and occasionally we will use Dreamweaver for image maps or something like that. We never use Front Page for anything except to troubleshoot Front Page Extension for clients. But we would still not recommend web authoring programs that cannot code as efficiently and intelligently as a human being. Not to mention that if someone is paying you to develop a web site, you better know what is going on behind the software. When something breaks, its up to you to fix it and the web authoring program will be little help.
Validation is another key point in this argument to hand code. HTML pages need to be run thru a validator like the W3C Markup Validation Service. Validators check your web pages for errors and for conformance to web programming standards. Validators help web developers keep their code "current" which makes them more accessible and compatible. Accessibility and compatibility will be even more important in the future and validators can help you get there. So what does this have to do with hand coding? When a HTML file is run through a validator it returns the results in code errors. If you don't know HTML code it would be kind of hard to fix the errors.
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