Some months ago, I had a discussion with some young designers about web design and web development. They argued that because of their background, they can work as Web Designers/Developers. However, there is a huge misunderstanding in the graphic design community, where some believe that it is just because they are “Graphic Designers” that are Web Designers by default. In fact, most of them do not even care about learning HTML and CSS and jump right from Photoshop or Fireworks to Dreamweaver in design mode. I know countless people that are working as Web Designers without knowing the web standards and this is because there are a lot of open-source CMS’s that allow them to build websites the easy way. Also, because HTML and CSS are both so easy, they think that they already know them and put less effort into learning it.
I do not see the problem with any professional IDE or text editor if it is used properly. I use Aptana a lot in my daily basics, not only because it is a very good IDE with autocompletion feature, but also you can use git without even leaving the environment. In the end, we cannot blame a tool for something that is our responsibility. Writing, documenting, and maintaining code is part of our jobs.
But let’s go further, what about Information Architecture, User Experience, Usability, Accessibility, and so on. So, NO, you are not a Web Designer yet. But you can be if you continue and educate yourself about how users interact with web pages.
Hopefully, this encourages Graphic Designers to read and understand how to design and create awesome stuff for the Web.