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WOW! You have a major misunderstanding of what library items and snippets are all about. They are a shortcut for inserting code fragments into web pages from within DW. But final code is final code. Open your page in a web browser and View Source or Page Source to the see the final output. Code is no shorter or compressed than if you had manually coded the site yourself.
Collapsed code is another DW feature that allows you to collapse sections of code in Code View. It does not, however, effect the final published code. It's simply a viewing option.
I'd like the main content copy to appear closer to the top of the document for search engine spiders.
Put important content higher up in your HTML markup.
Use a CSS layout that floats your #mainContent division around sidebars. Do a Google search for CSS Holy Grail.
FYI: Your layout isn't going to make or break your site if you have plenty of relevant, unique, keyword-rich content on your pages. Use good semantic markup (h1, h2, h3, p... tags) and the search engines will treat you favorably. If you don't, they won't.
Thanks for your reply Nancy.