In a recent trip to Portland, I was surprised to find out that the website for the TriMet Max is built in Dreamweaver. This is a static website. The site provided the information I needed, so I have no complaints. But, it was a surprise, and a good lesson that the tool used for development is less important than the planning and design. In my opinion, the choice of tools should be dependent on the needs of staffing and security, not which technology is currently the most cutting edge or popular.

Part of the “staffing” issue is the availability of people to replace the current developer. For quite some time, Dreamweaver was a de facto technology of choice. One of my students even told me that she could not find a web development job because they all required Dreamweaver. At that point, I realized that, additionally, my students needed to understand that at some point, Dreamweaver would go away, along with Dreamweaver, frames, and every other technology in the continuum. But that also means that there are a lot of people out there who learned Dreamweaver. And, that means that, if you have a Dreamweaver site, there is someone who can work on your site. The downside of using this system, is that there is no dashboard for easy content entry.

The way that I could tell the site was built in Dreamweaver was to go to View -> Source in the browser and check out the HTML that comes into the viewer’s computer. The comments that have the pattern <!– InstanceBeginEditable –> are old-style Dreamweaver templates.

<!-- InstanceBeginEditable name="doctitle" -->
<title>MAX Light Rail Stations</title>
<!-- InstanceEndEditable -->

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