Adobe Releases Muse for Code-Free (and Messy) HTML Websites

Muse website
The Adobe Muse website was created entirely using the software.

Adobe has created new beta software for designing and publishing HTML and CSS websites code-named Adobe Muse without the need to learn HTML mark-up or CSS. This WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor uses elements from other Adobe products to bring a degree of familiarity to users of the new software.

The software to targeted to users with no experience in HTML and CSS. Brian Wood, an Adobe trainer, said “using Muse graphic professionals can create compelling websites just like you create print content” in a video explaining Adobe Muse.

Adobe Muse code
Example of Adobe Muse generated code from the Muse-created website. This can be seen be viewing source code on the Adobe Muse website.

The Adobe Muse websites shows a sample of the power available to users though, unfortunately, does not use many semantic HTML5 elements falling back to wrapping most elements in a div tag and giving every paragraph an ID for no clear reason. Therefore, the end product created by Adobe Muse would be very hard to update by a professional web developer who uses HTML and CSS without using the Muse software.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in the draft HTML5 specification said that “Authors are strongly encouraged to view the div element as an element of last resort, for when no other element is suitable. Use of the div element instead of more appropriate elements leads to poor accessibility for readers and poor maintainability for authors.”

The software will be free until the early 2012 release after the testing period the software will only be available by buying a yearly subscription (US $15.00 per month) or a month-to-month plan which allows the subscription to be stopped and started after each month for US $20.00 per month.

Adobe Muse will work on both Windows and Mac OSX though Linux will be left out. Adobe Muse developers saying “At the time of this writing, there are no plans to certify Muse for Linux. However, Muse is an Adobe AIR® application and AIR does support Linux. Therefore it may be possible to install Muse and run it on Linux, but there will likely be Linux-specific bugs.”

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