Hand coding describes a method of creating HTML for web pages. Most people today use programs such as Dreamweaver or Frontpage to "program" HTML, however it is still possible to write the code with a simple text editor. While most web developers today consider hand coding tedious, it does have distinct, albeit marginal, advantages over the use of WYSIWYG editors in the areas of readability, and the developer's overall awareness of how the HTML code is structured and how it will render on different browsers and hardware platforms.

Web programmers will sometimes try to sell themselves on their ability to hand code, but in the broader scope of a project, it often has little impact. Writing HTML is not that hard, and the ability to read and debug raw HTML is a sign of technical competence in a web programmer. It does not, however mean that the site will necessarily look or function noticably better.

On a final note, the fact that a programmer insists on hand coding does not always mean that the project will take longer. If the programmer is a reasonably good typist, and has and expert knowledge of HTML (>5 years), it is likely that they will be able to do the work in an equivalent amount of time. However, the current dominance of WYSIWYG editors does mean that there are fewer experts in the HTML language, something which can be a major problem when a persistant bug appears in a site.
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