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.