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Well done Meagan, this is a great piece. There is loads for people to take away from this, and it’s all good.
The comments are just as valuable in many ways, as they show the massive range of approaches people take in designing and building websites. It’s not as black and white as some people will have you believe, and to think that it is shows a limited range of experience.
My opinion? I think designing in the browser is great, if you can do it, and if you can keep your mind open enough to move beyond what you believe the constraints of the browser to be. If designing in-browser starts to stop web design moving forward, if it stops designers innovating or inventing new design approaches or strategies, simply because their mind is distracted by what they believe the constraints of the browser to be, that would be a shame.
Incidentally, I don’t consider any of the people advocating in-browser design here to be the type of designer that would fall in to that trap.