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Musings about Adobe Muse

Do you remember a thing called Dreamweaver? A decade ago it was a popular tool for building web sites, or rather creating something that remotely resembled web sites since the produced markup was worse than a pile of garbage.

It was later acquired by Adobe who continued the development of this foul creature for unknown reasons. Now Adobe are back again with a software for creating web pages without any coding involved. Come on Adobe, we have been down this road before…

Adobe Muse is based on Adobe Air and will allow monkeys to drag and drop components on a layout pane similar to Indesign. At a first glance it seems to be all about fixed dimensions. Fixed, when most of the modern web developers are talking about Responsive Web Design these days.

Second, the code is claimed to be standards-based. I had a look at some sites including Adobes own Muse-site. It was like using a time-machine going a decade back in time and looking at Dreamweaver-generated code. The horror.

Roughly five years ago many people were finally waking up from the nineties and replaced table based layouts with a lot of div elements, since it was thought to be more semantic. But unfortunately this good intention was just replacing the infamous “tag soup” with “div soup”. Today it’s 2011 and even though Adobes Muse-site is very simple, it contains 223 div elements. Some look like this one:

<div class=”PamphletCloseButton PamphletLightboxPart popup_element close-button” id=”n92″> <div class=”grpelem” id=”n93″> <p class=”list-item” id=”n95″>x</p> <div class=”wrap”></div> </div> <div class=”wrap”></div> </div> </div>

View the source for yourselves, it’s all there.

Don’t get me wrong. If a tool can help someone to create great things and make the web a better place, that’s awesome. But I think this one is a step in the wrong direction.

Muse? I am not amused.

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