some people say its absolutely unnecessary to even learn HTML in website design, that you can "do it all" with software like frontpage or dreamweaver. well, i started out that way, learned frontpage at first, untill i got stuck somewhere cos i didnt know HTML. so i learned HTML completely, then went back to frontpage.
these days, i happen to be teaching a few people website design and i always recommended they learned HTML 1st, before moving up to dreamweaver (since that's what's in vogue), but most of them complain the people said HTML is not necessary!
let the webmasters in the house throw more light on this issue.