Do you use InDesign for Web Design?

Recently I’ve come across a few people who use InDesign for designing websites. Personally, I think it’s the wrong software to use as it’s print orientated.
So…as the thread title asks, Do you use InDesign for Web Design?

I’ve heard my co-workers talk about the capacity of ID6 to provide content for responsive designs. With the emergence of eBooks becoming so prevalent the splitting off of content versus form is happening across more and more products.

For web design I would have thought that it is an odd choice but in theory it isn’t as much of a stretch as it once was when it apparently supports multiple layouts in one single document.

Years ago when the move from tables to div’s happened there was a part of me that thought that these layout programs could be used to aid this transition but they typically didn’t output very good code. So it was swapping one apparent short-cut for fixing up errors. In the end it is just easier to start from the beginning and work your way through.

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if we see a merging of some of these programs. While it would be beneficial to some sectors to merge many of these software products into a killer program, there’s too much invested already in each as a money making stream. I’m guessing it will be a new start up product that pushes the bigger companies to finally agree to merge some of their technologies particularly in the area of print/digital publishing/website/apps.

No… I use Dreamweaver.

It would be good if there were some application that did output usable semantic code for your designs, but over the years i’ve found it easier to code most things from scratch. When I first started out in this industry I used to use Dreamweaver to do various bits, but ultimately I found the application itself too clunky and cumbersome and over the top for what I needed it for.

If i’m being completely honest, I hope that an application that does all the leg work for you never becomes available as I think it would make the industry very boring. One click and there’s your website… People could become too reliant on them and the quality of the net would deteriorate rapidly.
Take a look at DreamWeavers WYSIWYG editor. I dread to think that the net would look like if everyone used it.

As for using InDesign, if you’re going to use anything other than the popular apps like Photoshop and GIMP, atleast use Illustrator, not something that’s for print media. rant over

? I was asking using the term Web Design to related to the actual design process of a website, no coding involved.