Forget fancy formatting: Why plain text is best
Posted 11 August 2011 - 05:25 AM
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:27 AM
ConnorJacksontv08’s comment above demonstrates (well, in my browser anyway), that there is no universal format. Not even "plain text." It’s pretty sad too, considering UTF-8 and 16 was developed decades ago, long before the web. Yet we still have competing standards when there is a perfectly good standard available.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:54 AM
Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:20 AM
+1 for vim. Or MacVim if you like a GUI version. vi/vim is not easy to use but like a lot of powerful tools, when you really learn how to use it, it's pretty amazing. I have been using it daily for over 10 years and find new tricks every week.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:33 AM
Not even that. We can't even get consistent line endings. Try creating a plain text file on a Mac or Linux, then open it up in Notepad on Windows. You'll discover that your document's paragraph breaks are now little boxes and your file is one big paragraph. Fortunately, Windows also ships with a less braindead text editor, WordPad, which can deal with non-Windows line endings correctly.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:37 AM
Actually, Scrivener files on the Mac are actually packages that you can open in the Finder. Inside, all of your Scrivener writings are stored in individual RTF files. Not proprietary.