Sometime around 21/5/08 (at 13:57 -0400) Robert Bovasso said:
I’m not a coder and I come from a print background, so, to me, FW
works very similarly to a layout program, such as InDesign.
This is also how GoLive tried to work. Did a pretty good job, but
apparently when you used the “easy” method of doing things, it
produced some “boated” code (as the coders would say).
That’s one of the big drawbacks of trying to make layouts in an
environment that’s already based in HTML; the language itself isn’t
rich enough even to begin to approach the flexibility a designer
needs without dropping in proprietary code elements, hence the
code-bloat in what it generated.
Freeway, on the other hand, uses a higher-level design model and
outputs the optimal code to recreate your layouts, on demand and
freshly generated each time. It is a rather different way of working,
but definitely one that’s more akin to professional print design
tools. Unlike designing web pages in InDesign or QuarkXPress,
however, Freeway is made specifically for web output - the entire
toolset, feature list and application behaviour is made with this in
When I really do need more code access than Freeway and the range of
Actions provides, I’m already at the level where BBEdit rather than a
‘visual coder’ tool is what’s needed. It isn’t common, and it usually
revolves around crafting larger amounts of custom PHP.
Is there any advantages or drawbacks from starting a site with CSS
on or off? I’m assuming it looks the same to the user, for the most
Yep, you’ve got it in a nutshell: “for the most part”. There are
architectural differences to do with using one or the other, and
there are differences in the page layout dynamics both in the Freeway
construction stage and in the browser rendering stage. But that’s
something you can work your way through as you progress; you don’t
need to worry particularly about most of that until you want to.
I suggest sticking to working with the CSS button active for the most
part. And avoid the temptation to use an actual table object (that
you draw out yourself) for layout purposes - unless you’re handling
tabulated data or want to control form elements.
Glad I could help. It is interesting to hear how an ex-GoLive user is
finding Freeway 5. I liked the idea of GoLive, particularly back in
the days when it was CyberStudio, but although it always was a
powerful tool the realities always seemed to be rather less than the
promise. Everyone will have their preferences of course, but I hope
you find Freeway 5 to your liking.
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