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What do you mean by "Design tools"? If you just design websites, PDN may be all you need. It doesn't do any slicing or anything for you, but still.

However, if you're coding the websites as well, check out:

Notepad++, for the coding.

IETester, for testing in IE 5.5, 6, 7, and 8b2.

and this page with Firefox extensions, which are a neccesity to any web developer.

All of them are freeware, which means you can use them for free, for ever.

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I'm a web developer and my tools are

PSPad for my coding/html/php/css/js etc

Paint.NET for my graphic creation/editing (obviously)

Web Developer Toolbar a must have for any developer using Firefox

Xampp a fully fledged WAMP set up (Windows, Apache, MySQL and PHP)

All browser for testing in in portable format:

Firefox Portable

Opera Portable

Portable Safari

Portable Chrome (do a search in top right for chrome)

Stand Alone IE installs IE as a stand alone application. Offers IE 3, 4.01, 5.01, 5.5 and 6 but to be honest you really only need 6 as anyone using older than that really needs to update.

All the above are free I might add.

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Thanks I will fool around with these...

What do you mean by "Design tools"? If you just design websites, PDN may be all you need. It doesn't do any slicing or anything for you, but still.

However, if you're coding the websites as well, check out:

Notepad++, for the coding.

IETester, for testing in IE 5.5, 6, 7, and 8b2.

and this page with Firefox extensions, which are a neccesity to any web developer.

All of them are freeware, which means you can use them for free, for ever.

No ad please

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  • 2 weeks later...

I do web developing and I use for coding:

notepad++

Firefox (stable) with these AddOns: Firebug, Web Developer

For testing I use:

Internet Explorer 7 (because I'm not a professional, I don't have to support that buggy old , IE 7 is bad enough... and also: If Microsoft wanted web developers to make their pages work with IE6, they would offer a way of using IE6 with Vista)

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Aha! What's this? An updated version of Firebug?

*Joy*

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I use

Dreamweaver 8 (how posh ... NOT)

paint.net

There are templates that don't require CSS, you can make a html template and all it needs is a back ground colour..

like say you wanted to set your background colour to say "black" your html code would be (this is the full html code for a page)

(The Code)

The "red" bit is the background code..

so you don't really need css for a template unless your going to want to make a template like paint.net home page..( like frame wise)

Actually, that is CSS. It just isnt on a separate stylesheet, but integrated in the page. Notice how it says type="text/css" ? This is just sloppy.

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Notice how it says type="text/css" ? This is just sloppy.

Why is this sloppy?

Sometimes it makes more sense to have the CSS in the HTML as opposed to an external CSS file. If all I am making is a single page I'm not going to bother using an external file sheet.

It's way more orderly. It's the same in an office. You can leave all the papers on your desk for easy access, but things get hard to reach as you add more over time. The best way to do it is archiving your papers according to content and case. While the in-document CSS may be handy for testing, it's better to put it in an external file to make the HTML document shorter, and to reuse the stylesheet on other pages later on.

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Not to mention - maybe it's just one page now, but who knows how the project might grow in the future?

 

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If you wish to support, I will get a preview up to where you can sign the support book.

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If I am designing an entire site then once I have done the layout testing on a single sheet I move the CSS to an external style sheet. If I am just writing a single page or a script that will just be a single file then I put the CSS internally as making an extra sheet or a function to just display the CSS from the script when called via the link tag is stupid. Everything has it's place and there is nothing 'sloppy' about using internal CSS as and when the situation requires.

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