December 4, 2005 04:14 | WebTech


For some, if not many of you reading this, the answer to the following question is "never." But I pose it anyways, really addressing the rest of you.

When was the last time you wrote out an entire webpage, in HTML, by hand, to be displayed as is, no scripting or templating involved?

I've been doing this for 10 years, and I can honestly not remember the last time I did.

This is very, very telling. (And I use a text editor to do my work, without any "macros" of any kind.)


hehe. Should I answer? :)

Because it really depends on what you meant. I could answer every day, or 10 years ago when I started to create Web pages in 1991.

For example these days, I'm writing the text of my HTML code in the source code of my file, but I use the HTML file of the previous day, changing bits here and there. Maybe it doesn't count.

Too funny. If you check the source of this entry, you will see a paragraph that I decided to comment out, thus keeping it to myself, which referred to and addressed the above to commenters. Gentlemen. :)

Interesting question! Indeed I don't do that often anymore, and doing that pretty much everyday goes back in 2000.

Though there's one static Web site I update once in a while.
Last-Modified: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 15:10:45 GMT

Couple of months ago. Of course, that was only the front page and the rest was a PHP gallery but still, there was a complete html page written by hand ;).

After seven years, that's still the only way I do it... maybe old fashioned but I have a hard time giving up the sense of total control it gives me, and I (probably wrongly) insist that it takes me less time and learning any other way.

I used to do my little, simple fiction site in totally hardcoded html. Clean & simple and no worry about it loading slowly or bad formatting. If it worked, it worked, and if not, I could find the problem super easily. I'm glad I still know enough html to slap something together fast if I want to.