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Don't build your websites in Fireworks. Use it to create your graphics
and use Dreamweaver to build the real site. The html generated by
Fireworks produces and image-based, rigid table layout that is not
designed to handle the addition of content. It's fine for web site
prototyping, but not good as the the code for the final site.
I definately think the easiest (& quickest) way to build a site is through fireworks as the control is absolute. I realise that this is also a lazy way of doing it & I will definately be exploring the dreamweaver side of life by importing graphics, as you said.
Thanks for the help.
I definately think the easiest (& quickest) way to build a site is through fireworks as the control is absolute.
That "absolute control" is why your layout breaks when you try to add content to it. It's "absolutely controlled" to the Fireworks layout.
"Control" on the Web is an illusion. If you want something to be "just so," then you need to use Flash or make .pdf files. Otherwise, you need to learn to build flexibly. Your visitors all have different monitors than you do. They'll use different browsers. Some have different operating systems. Many will want to use a larger font size than what you specify and bump it up. You need to design for this flexibility. It is easier to design flexibly than to try to lock a design down tightly.