Web Design Tools: Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is a wysiwyg web editor. That means that Dreamweaver lets you create a web page in a "What You See Is What You Get" interface. When you write out HTML code from scratch, you have to write the code, save the file, and then open the file in a web browser in order to see what you have created. Wysiwyg web editors such as Dreamweaver let you point and click on various different buttons and options to build your webpage and see how it will look as you build it. As you build the page, Dreamweaver generates the necessary HTML code for you.

There are several different web editors available, but Dreamweaver is the leader in this field. Dreamweaver is popular for several reasons.

  • It is very powerful. It contains everything from the basic features you will use as a beginner to the most advanced features used by professionals.
  • Dreamweaver generates relatively clean code. Many web editors generate html code that is filled with lots of extra bits and pieces that make the pages difficult to maintain.
  • Pages created in Dreamweaver can be easily edited in any other web editing program. If you create a page in Dreamweaver, you are not forced to continue using Dreamweaver.
  • You can also open the html file and code a Dreamweaver page manually as well.
  • Dreamweaver allows you view, write and edit the html code behind the page if you prefer.

For all of the reasons listed above, and many more, TAC reccommends using Dreamweaver to build and maintain websites. There is not, however, a college-wide site license for Dreamweaver, so either your department will have to purchase a copy of it for you or you will have to purchase a copy yourself.