Right in the middle of the Iron Chef of Web Design presentations on Wednesday, a calm female voice announced over the public-address system, with quite a bit of volume, that due to a security situation the Moscone Center was to be evacuated. As it turns out, the entire complex was being evacuated, not just the Moscone West building. That’s a lot of people to dump on to the sidewalks of San Francisco all at once. Fortunately, the hotel here has a WiFi network in the lobby, so I could check e-mail after all.
Dreamweaver MX 2004, and the rest of Studio MX 2004, has shipped and is available for download. If you use Dreamweaver and you’re interested in CSS or stadndards-oriented design, it’s very likely worth the upgrade. There’s a free 30-day trial, so you can always check it out if you aren’t sure. You’ll get a chance to work with the templates I contributed and a design firm prettied up. I spent some time talking with Macromedia folks while in San Francisco and was impressed anew by their interest in doing the right thing when it comes to standards. These are folks who think about not just today’s Web, but the Web to come, and how they can best help authors get from here to there. That’s a highly commendable perspective in a tool vendor.