Dreamweaver and its sister Flash still very much lead the way in
this field for professionals but a price tag of about £500
puts off many who can’t get licensed copies from their institution.
Creating sites is beyond the scope
of this project but for those who simply want to create pages to
go onto a Virtual Learning Environment or Intranet have got some
tools to hand. Microsoft Word (and other Office elements) has a
Save as . . facility which will convert your document into a web
The results may not always appear
as you require as margins, columns, headers and footers will disappear
and you’ll get huge long lines sprawling across a screen,
with images usually appearing between paragraphs against the left
margin. It will be worthwhile trying out creating your page in another
programme to see if you have any more control over the end result
without having to attend more classes.
OpenOffice has a specific web page
section which is worth looking at. Other free tools which are reasonably
easy to use, not time limited or bundled with junk are little reported.
Serif WebPlus9™ and NetObjects Fusion8™ (the version
numbers are important as they represent huge improvements on the
one before) are getting good reviews but, at about £60 for
a single-user licence, they are outwith the scope of this project.
Very recent developments in this field
may change everything! As featured in the webtools
site, there are an increasing number of sites where you can simply
create web pages by typing on a page or uploading pictures. SiteKreator
and Protopage look very interesting and there are the excellent
Pageflakes and Netvibes pages to play with. None of these have intrusive
adverts, unlike myspace.com and piczo.com which, whilst very popular
indeed, may not be appropriate as they currently stand.