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How to Design Websites by Alan Pipes

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Helper applications

Open-source software

The big drawback with commercial proprietary programs (such as Dreamweaver and Freeway, discussed below) is that you have to buy them, although if you are a student there will be educational discounts available. Note that what you are buying is a licence to use the product – you never actually own it! An alternative is to use open-source or public-domain software, which is generally available free of charge. Other inexpensive programs may be ‘shareware’, and will be available for a donation or nominal fee. The best example of open source is the WWW itself, which Tim Berners-Lee gave to the world.

Every proprietary program has its open-source equivalents: Microsoft Word has LibreOffice; Adobe Photoshop ...

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