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What you See is not Always What You Get

day 30: googly
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Mother always said, “You cant judge a book by its cover”.  The same applies to websites.  “What you see is what you get” editors can lay a website out to your liking.. most of the time, there is a greater problem which remains hidden away.  WYSIWYG editors do not make people readable code.  Software like Dreamweaver, Frontpage, and other programs allow you edit a page without ever touching the code.  These software packages are considered “What you see is what you get editors” (WYSIWYG).

Whats the big deal?

World’s Messiest Office Cubicle Discovered in Colorado
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Think about an office desk, one all the files are stacked in neat piles with labels, and the other looks like a hurricane swept through leaving documents and files everywhere.  Which person would you like fill in for?

The Bigger Picture

More importantly, search engines like cleaner code.  They have a harder time making their way through jumbled code. Which makes it harder for you to rank high in Google and other search engines.



<span style="font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">
<a href="index.html">Projects</a>



<a href="index.html">Projects</a>


a {font-family: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;}

You can see the html page is cleaner (easier to understand) and the CSS portion makes loading faster.


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