WPDFD Issue #5 - August 01, 1998
I can't think of any other creative medium where someone spends so much time and effort handcrafting a piece of work just so the audience can experience something else entirely. Look at the print industry. The end result looks exactly like the designer intended. Well, ahem, usually. A film director has a pretty good idea how his or her film is going to appear in a local theater. Television studios have banks of monitors of different types to get an overall impression of what viewers are going to see.
Technically, a <TD> should be laid out as follows: <TD>Your text here</TD> Instead, many WYSIWYG editors format it like this: <TD> Your text here </TD> which may be more readable, but you risk this end result: This is a snapshot of a table rendered in Netscape 3.01 Gold for Win95 when beginning and ending <TD> tags were placed on separate lines.
When it comes to hand-coding HTML, two products stand out from the rest. Bare Bones Software's BBEDit (Mac) and Allaire HomeSite (PC) do a similar job. They are both text editors with added features to aid the creation of Web pages. Both programs have facilities for auto-inserting all the usual tags at the press of a button. This saves a lot of keying and possible typing mistakes. They will also edit on-line files, do search and replace across multiple files, validate the code you have written and launch your page in your choice of external browsers.