In 2009 Adobe CS4 was relevant software with some of the best desktop publishing tools available, back when “desktop publishing” referred primarily to creating printed documents from a laptop or desktop computer and HTML4 was sexy markup. With the suite came Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks – shiny software originally by Macromedia. Adobe soon would integrate functions within Flash and Fireworks into their own Photoshop application, though integration was not entirely successful; Flash’s animation ability would later become the focus of Edge Animate.
Back then Dreamweaver was less than perfect. It had a graphical user interface that allowed users to drag and drop elements onto a page while the program created the markup in the background. The markup was sloppy, containing complicated-looking classes and IDs that made simple text changes to the HTML document a visual nightmare. I tended to stay away from the GUI and create websites from the text console, making use of Dreamweaver’s preview and tag-closing functions. One of those websites is still alive at kiai.us.
Note the black background; looks sleek and saves energy. 😀
As of today’s date (October 8, 2017) many of the links don’t work. At some point, the site had been migrated and its secondary pages got lost. (There must be a backup somewhere…)
For simple websites, I still like typing out HTML. It’s a little like knitting: meditative but still requiring thought and planning. Though it’s hard to keep up with developments in styles and tags, at least W3.org does a good job and keeping its content updated. I’m thanking Adobe for giving us Brackets to help out. And Dreamweaver has been greatly improved since CS4. I still rely on console windows.