Breaking up with Microsoft Word

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Breaking up with Microsoft Word

  1. 1. Breaking up with
 Microsoft Word"#AustinContent @claydelk!
  2. 2. Breaking up with
 Microsoft Word" (or at least seeing other applications)!#AustinContent @claydelk!
  3. 3. The"Why I want to leave"of"
  4. 4. The"Why I want to leave"-  Web writing: Copy/paste issues!!!
  5. 5. “Microsoft Word is a fine word processorfor producing documents to be shared orprinted, with a wealth of print-basedoptions for indexing, and producing tableof contents. 

As a web publishing tool it is a little lessthan ideal and produces very messyHTML. The same applies when usingOpenOffice, or other word processors.”
" http://en.support.wordpress.com/microsoft-word/!
  6. 6. The"Why I want to leave"-  Web writing: Copy/paste issues!!-  Collaboration: version control, consistency"!!
  7. 7. The"Why I want to leave"-  Web writing: Copy/paste issues!!-  Collaboration: version control, consistency!!-  Accessibility: multiple computers, mobile, tablet, etc."!
  8. 8. The"If you use somethingelse, why did youleave?"!
  9. 9. The"Why I’ll probably stay"!
  10. 10. The"Why I’ll probably stay"-  Tracking changes: feedback vs. collaboration"!!
  11. 11. The"Why I’ll probably stay"-  Tracking changes: feedback vs. collaboration!!-  Ubiquity: people have it, know how to use it, require it"!
  12. 12. The"Why I’ll probably stay"-  Tracking changes: feedback vs. collaboration!!-  Ubiquity: everyone has it, knows how to use it!!-  Inertia: habit, familiarity "!
  13. 13. The"Why are youcommitted to Word?"!
  14. 14. "There are other fish inthe sea"
  15. 15. "Other fish:"-  Text editors: MS Text Editor, OSX TextEdit!!-  Writing apps: " -  ByWord http://bywordapp.com/! ! -  IA Writer http://www.iawriter.com/! !!"
  16. 16. "Other fish:"!-  Note taking apps: " -  Notational Velocity (I use a version called nvALT) http://brettterpstra.com/projects/nvalt/ http://notational.net/! -  Evernote http://www.evernote.com!"
  17. 17. "Other fish:"!-  Writing programs: " -  Scrivener http://www.literatureandlatte.com/! -  Google Docs! -  LibreOffice!"-  Hosted solutions: " -  Gather Content https://gathercontent.com/! -  DivvyHQ http://www.divvyhq.com/!""
  18. 18. "Markdown & "MultiMarkdown"
  19. 19. “Markdown is a text-to-HTMLconversion tool for web writers.Markdown allows you to write usingan easy-to-read, easy-to-write plaintext format, then convert it tostructurally valid XHTML (or HTML).”" Markdown creator John Gruber! http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/! !
  20. 20. So instead of this:""<p>In order to create valid !<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML">HTML</a>, you !need properly coded syntax that can be cumbersome for !“non-programmers” to write. Sometimes, you!just want to easily make certain words <strong>bold!</strong>, and certain words <em>italicized</em> without!having to remember the syntax. Additionally, for example,!creating lists:</p>!!<ul>!<li>should be easy</li>!<li>should not involve programming</li>!</ul>! MultiMarkdown creator Fletcher Penney! http://fletcherpenney.net/multimarkdown/! !
  21. 21. You simply write:""In order to create valid [HTML], you need properly!coded syntax that can be cumbersome for !"non-programmers" to write. Sometimes, you just want!to easily make certain words **bold**, and certain !words *italicized* without having to remember the !syntax. Additionally, for example, creating lists:!!* should be easy!* should not involve programming!![HTML]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML! MultiMarkdown creator Fletcher Penney! http://fletcherpenney.net/multimarkdown/!
  22. 22. Basic Syntax""#This is an H1!##This is an H2!###This is an H3… etc.!!*italics*!**bold**!!> A blockquote is!> offset like this.!!* This a bullet!- So is this!+ Or this.!! Markdown creator John Gruber!" http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/!
  23. 23. Basic Syntax""1. Numbered lists work like expected.!1. But you can actually just do the same number.!1. And it will keep numbering in the output.!!![This is how you start a hyperlink](www.ThenIncludetheURL.com)!!!Or you can just mark the [link text]!And reference at the bottom [link text]: www.URL.com “URLTitle”!!" Markdown creator John Gruber! http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/!
  24. 24. MultiMarkdown adds to the basic Markdown syntax:""•  footnotes"•  tables"•  citations and bibliography"•  math support"•  automatic cross-referencing ability"•  smart typography, with support for multiple languages"•  image attributes"•  table and image captions"•  definition lists"•  glossary entries (LaTeX only)"•  document metadata (e.g. title, author, etc.)"" MultiMarkdown creator Fletcher Penney! http://fletcherpenney.net/multimarkdown/!
  25. 25. "Compatibility:"-  Notational Velocity"-  ByWord"-  IA Writer"-  Scrivener"-  Wordpress / Drupal (with plugins)!
  26. 26. ""What are you using?"
  27. 27. ""Thanks!"

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