And people still ask what’s wrong with Microsoft FrontPage?

I’m digging through the source to a Web page that was built with Microsoft FrontPage and came across a code fragment so scary that even if you don’t have a clue about HTML, you should blanch and feel quesy:

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Got that? What does this accomplish? I don’t even really know, as it’s just such a complete waste of code and complexity…

4 comments on “And people still ask what’s wrong with Microsoft FrontPage?

  1. Oh Brother Dave, I feel your pain!
    FrontPage is like the Doctor Frankenstein of HTML!
    Someone with whom I once worked (I was running a start-up for them) once suggested that we do our company website in FrontPage. I should have known, and run screaming then.
    Fortunately, I looked at his personal website (“I did my own website in FrontPage”), and after I stopped laughing at his having little blue balls trailing your mouse on what was *supposed* to be a credible website, I looked at the code and though “What *is* this ***t???”
    On the other hand, FrontPage serves the useful function of making even my hand-coding look passable.
    P.S. Your visual test is a bit daunting for the math challenged. 🙂

  2. I am no programmer, but HTML is a cinch. Sure there are the rough problems here and there, but from my experience, you have to know how to at least tweat HTML by hand (even if you use a program for most of it) to make a professional site. I, too, use the VI editor, and its color coding and efficient tools make HTML coding quite easy.

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