Towards Web-based Word Processors p3

The past two posts I wrote on this topic looked at defining the difference between a text editor and a word processor. The posts in this series represent me ‘thinking out loud’ about what word processing needs to evolve into in the age of the web. So far, in my opinion we haven’t seen an evolution … Continue reading “Towards Web-based Word Processors p3”

Towards Web-based Word Processors p2

To get this discussion off the ground, I think it’s helpful to first think of what the standard features of a text editor are since word processors have all these features and then some. It’s the ‘and then some’ that I’m most interested in i.e. the essential features that make something a word processor. Text Editor … Continue reading “Towards Web-based Word Processors p2”

Towards Web-based Word Processors p1

Working with publishers is fantastic because they are hardcore text workers. These people need a lot from their tools, in particular, they need a lot from the tools they use to edit and improve texts. Typically this has been the realm of Microsoft Word. But there are very many reasons why we need to liberate … Continue reading “Towards Web-based Word Processors p1”

The Case for HTML Word Processors

Making a case for HTML editors as stealth desktop word processors… the strategy has been so stealthy that not even the developers realised what they were building. We use all over-complicated software to create desktop documents. Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, whatever you like – we know them. They are one of the core apps in any user’s … Continue reading “The Case for HTML Word Processors”

Wax 2 and Math

The forthcoming Wax 2 web based word processor (1.0 release shortly) can allow us to take advantage of some nice ProseMirror plugins including this wonderful addition for math: https://github.com/benrbray/prosemirror-math The interaction model is quite nice – typing $$ immediately drops you into block math mode and typing $ … $ assigns marks out inline math. … Continue reading “Wax 2 and Math”