Dreamweaver MX 2004 | August 27, 2003
I've been using Dreamweaver to build websites for some time now. I started using it (like most people) as a WISIWYG editor, but these days I use it more as a glorified text editor. I tend to work mostly in code view however I occasionally use split view as it's often quicker to locate an element visually than having to scan through lines of HTML.
I think DWMX's code hinting is useful, I like the integrated ftp client and the site wide find and replace is also very useful. Most of these features can also be found in BBEdit (which I use occasionally) but I'm much more familiar with DWMX.
DWMX has pretty good CSS support although the design view usually chokes on my pure CSS layouts. Most of the time I have my CSS files open and edit them by hand. However occasionally I can't remember the syntax (or can't be bothered to type in a long style) so use the styles panel to input a style.
Macromedia have been hard at work on the new version of Dreamweaver and have been paying particular attention to CSS and accessibility. Obviously the proof of the pudding will be in the eating, but it's good to see Macromedia is putting more effort into supporting web standards and accessibility.
Posted at August 27, 2003 4:12 PM