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Re: Disturbing trend in tables

From: Davey Leslie <davey@inx-jp.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 22:26:19 +0900
To: Anne Pemberton <apembert@crosslink.net>, "Charles F. Munat" <chas@munat.com>, "'Bailey, Bruce'" <Bruce_Bailey@ed.gov>
CC: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B68D1DA9.36DE%davey@inx-jp.org>

I've never used Front Page so I have take your word, but probably you're
right that there is no other software that is as easy for newbies to use, is
free, produces better code, and is free. Oh, yeah, and did I mention? is

And I assume, if you know what you're doing, it's quite simple to turn out
good accessible code using Front Page.

However, I have had to clean up a gazillion or two pages that were made by
newbies using a variety of WYSIWYG applications, including Front Page. From
what I've seen, it's kind of hard to believe that you don't need to
understand what you're doing to crank out good accessible html.

What it looks like to me is that when folks haven't grasped the fundamental
differences between a Word document and an html page, what usually comes out
a WYSIWYG is far from useable on, say, text-browsers like Lynx.

If I'm wrong, then I sure have been wasting my time trying to learn how to
do it right. 

Davey Leslie 

Thus spake Anne Pemberton on 01.1.18 8:52 PM at apembert@crosslink.net:

> Unless I've missed something, there is no other html authoring tool that
> is easy to use (for newbies, wysiwyg, of course), that we don't have to
> spend any money to acquire, and that can be learned in a short time.
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