I’ve done some more tinkering around with Dreamweaver, and slowly, I’m beginning to discover all of the virtues that Dreamweaver has to offer over other web design software. As with many other Adobe products, Dreamweaver allows users to create HTML content through multiple approaches. If you feel comfortable creating all of the code yourself (or you don’t trust any program to get the job done right) Dreamweaver allows you to maintain total control over your code. On the other hand, if you need help, are in a hurry, or are just feeling lazy, Dreamweaver can automatically complete tags, add emphasis to text, or show you how the code will appear on a browser as you are typing it. My father has been using Dreamweaver for a while, and he’s always referred to it as his personal office helper. Now, I know why. As someone who likes to focus on content rather than code, I can really appreciate the level of automation that Dreamweaver has to offer.
As I continue reading up on Dreamweaver, I constantly come upon conversations regarding Dreamweaver’s functionality with both HTML4 and HTML5. I’ve noticed that some software developers seem eager to embrace HTML5 while others regard it with scorn. Usually, I don’t pay much attention to for/against debates, but seeing as I’m a newcomer to the arena of web design, I find myself wondering when and how HTML5 will impact my professional goals. What changes will HTML5 bring and how much information will I have to forget and relearn when HTML5 is fully implemented? Perhaps some of you out there can help me out on this. Will HTML5 decrease the need for user-side apps, and if so, will that make our jobs simpler or more difficult? The W3C plans to have HTML5 finalized by 2014. Hopefully, my current working knowledge of HTML won’t become obsolete. If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far about web design and Help Authoring Tools, it’s that I should always anticipate change. I have to keep reminding myself that being able to work with software tools means very little if you can’t keep up with the latest version.