writing html code manually and using programs like ms frontpage

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Am not sure whether i should learn how to write html because I know how to use frontpage perfectly well and it always gets my job done. Will i be better off if i bothered learning how to write html or i stick to my html made easy frontpage?
ASKED: May 18, 2004  3:51 AM
UPDATED: May 22, 2004  10:10 PM

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Using Front Page is okay, but bear in mind that if your ISP does not support Frontpage extensions, some of your functionality may be lost.
Also, Frontpage doesn’t work on portals, as SAP, typically, actually use their own version of html.

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  • Dbruno
    I would recommend learning HTML, even if just to make debugging/tweaking sites easier. Also, if you ever plan on customizing any content management systems and such, knowing HTML can come on very handy. If time is a problem, an idea might be to pick up a good, definitive book on HTML, give it a brief once over, and just keep it handy for reference when needed.
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  • Tuple9i
    By all means, learn HTML, JavaScript and a programming language that underlies your web pages. It is important to know what is going on behind the scenes. Once you are familiar with HTML, check out your frontpage pages. You will probably find quite a bit of extraneous code that could cause you problems from time to time (specifically extra font tags). If you learn the underlying code, you can troubleshoot your pages more efficiently. Also, HTML is fun to learn! Never stop learning - especially in this industry.
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  • smford
    IMO, you should never completely rely on a blackbox tool to get your job done. At the very least, you should be able to look at the source created by FrontPage and understand it. Think of it this way, what is going to happen if you are forced to change jobs and you only know how to create a web page with FrontPage?
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  • EXPERTJohnBrandt
    You will probably need to learn HTML, XML, SGML and some other flavors of presentation of documents to browsers in order to become a more proficient technical resource.
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  • Mcp111
    You should definitely learn HTML - it's not very difficult. It's always good to know the language behind web pages rather than just relying on a front-end tool. Also if you know HTML you can make changes to a web page even in Notepad!
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  • EAFisher
    I would learn HTML and CSS for sure. Frontpage creates very sloppy inefficient HTML code. By learning HTML/CSS you can create much faster loading, cleaner pages. I recommend using a tool like Dreamweaver which provides both the drag/drop interface, but also allows much easier editing of the HTML/CSS than Frontpage.
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  • Carbon
    If you want to write server side scripts, you will have to know HTML structures.
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