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Mike Smith
web authoring html / css on a Mac ?
on Jan 2, 2010 at 2:21:51 pm

I have a colleague with a (strong) graphic design (print) background, who is looking into learning html / css and getting into web stuff.

All his experience and kit is Apple stuff. Any tips on decent web tools for the Mac - hands on html stuff rather than wysiwyg or Dreamweaver? I know Amaya and Aptana are cross platform, have seen promotional stuff for Rage's WebDesign, Cssedit Style Master and Coda - but wonder what people might be using / might advise?

Any thoughts on decent online tutorials / learning resources also appreciated.

Thanks !



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Jameson Wallace
Re: web authoring html / css on a Mac ?
on Jan 3, 2010 at 6:17:32 am

iWeb is made specifically for beginners.

I would also like to offer a huge shout-out for w3schools.com

They offer a really simple & step by step introduction to basic web technologies. While you dont need it to use a program like iWeb, spending a little time to understand the technology underneath will go a long way towards helping you feel less trapped by the limits of whatever software you use.


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Mike Smith
Re: web authoring html / css on a Mac ?
on Jan 3, 2010 at 10:34:21 am

Thanks, Jameson. The w3schools.com stuff looks interesting, and I'll pass it through.

On the iWeb side, I had the impression that this was more of a template-driven tool for beginners not planning to go too far into web work, while my colleague's mid-term aim is to get to a professional level in this to match his pro print work.

I was wondering about tools that might offer standards compliance, access to the underlying code and technologies, and scope for growth?


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Jameson Wallace
Re: web authoring html / css on a Mac ?
on Jan 3, 2010 at 9:29:04 pm

Dreamweaver tries to be the software "that might offer standards compliance, access to the underlying code and technologies, and scope for growth"

Also, Fireworks offers a lot of tools just for print designers to make the transition to web.

http://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks/

Fireworks would be a way to start learning about Dreamweaver, but you would need both to do anything significant.

& remember to read your w3schools ;-)

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Mike Smith
Re: web authoring html / css on a Mac ?
on Jan 5, 2010 at 12:25:39 pm

Kind of you to respond again Jameson. But I'm really trying to look past Dreamweaver, with its well known strengths and weaknesses, to see what more code-centric tools people might be using on the Mac, and how they feel about them.

My own current preference is for TopStyle for html / css (and Eclipse for php), though TopStyle is Windows only, and has limited javascript support.

I've been tempted by Aptana http://www.aptana.org/ but have yet to install and test it out: while it looks good on paper and is cross platform, I've no idea how it works in practice.

From a quick scan of the literature, I might be tempted by that or Amaya http://www.w3.org/Amaya/ , or if opting for a pay-for on the Mac then Coda http://www.panic.com/coda/ or bbedit http://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/ . But again, hard to recommend without the independent hands-on that I'd hoped forum users here might offer ...!



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