10,000 words has a useful and interesting tribute to text editors. There, Ethan Klapper looks at tools to deal with HTML, PHP and CSS files — three types of web code modern journalists should at least be familiar with, if not fluent in.

I use the mentioned Notepad ++ to work on this site. The application is useful because it understands HTML, PHP and CSS code using colour and collapsible sections to make the job easier. There is a reason geeks like text. The rest of us can learn from them.

Plain text is underrated as a writing tool. I’ve just returned from covering a conference. When I arrived at the venue, the version of Microsoft Office installed on my laptop had timed out and there wasn’t an opportunity to fix matters.

This meant I had to file my stories using plain text. It worked perfectly and I barely skipped a beat. The experience reminded me of what I’ve already written about, Word is a huge complex application, journalists barely use 10 percent of its functionality.

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  1. I’m a big fan of Notepad++ myself and when I moved to a Mac it took me a long time to find something comparable.
    Eventually I chose Coda largely because it integrated both FTP and version control within the editor. As a programmer it completely streamlined my workflow saving me a huge amount of time and multiple purchases of software.

    Like Word, I still don’t use anywhere near its full potential, but I like it as much as I liked Notepad++ on my PC.

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