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Working with and in spite of the Visual Interdev Design Mode
By Nannette Thacker - 05/12/1999

Visual Interdev has a great Design Mode when you are initially designing your HTML forms. However, once you start adding ASP code and formatting your code according to your taste, if you go back and use the design mode, it messes up your formatting. Ugh.

I still like to use the Design Mode but use this little trick. I create a test.asp page which I keep in my root directly. Each time I desire to create a new element or group of elements from within Design Mode, I simply open the test.asp page. I then insert the fields and other elements where I want them to be, then I view the page in Source mode.

From within Source mode, I reformat the VI generated code to my liking. I then cut and paste the code into my original ASP page. Now I've easily used the design mode for creation, without messing up my existing code!

For more information on cleaning up the HTML tags created by the Design Mode, see HTML Naming Conventions & Visual Interdev HTML Generation


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