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”

Chasing the Cursor

A chat with Christos Kokosias about building web- based word processors including Wax and Wax 2. Christos is very experienced in this and offers some insights into what is involved as well as some comments on using various frameworks such as Substance and ProseMirror. It is a little technical, but if you aren’t technical and stay … Continue reading “Chasing the Cursor”

The (Length of) String Theory for Developing Publishing Platforms

I’ve been sitting in my bath and pondering publishing platforms. Specifically, how long it takes to build them. We get asked this all the time. So… here is my very non-scientific answer to the very open ended ‘how long will it take?’. For a start, let’s measure it in person years. 1 person working one … Continue reading “The (Length of) String Theory for Developing Publishing Platforms”