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Our Mind In Writing

The written words are a precious asset: thoughts, notes, plans, diaries, correspondence, code, articles and books. They are a written history of our lives. That is why the format they should be in should be plain text files: the most reliable, flexible and long-lasting option.

Every...

The Plain Text File: Uncommercial And Offline

  • Every few years a new company says you should use their special format. You have to pay them a monthly fee to use it.
  • You will outlive these companies. Your writing should outlive you. Plain text is un-commercial.
  • There are places and times when you can't get online. Don't d...

Plain Text Is Easy To Convert

Plain text can be converted into anything else, including HTML, Markdown, JSON, LaTeX, and many other standard formats.

You can make your own personal formats in your plain text files.

Use a scripting language like Ruby, Python, or JavaScript to grab the data and tags, and use them fo...

What To Do For Visuals And Graphics

  • Keep your graphics files alongside your text files.
  • Text as plain text will keep you focused on the tools instead of the thinking
  • Digital drawing can be saved into SVG files, and paper drawings scanned into JPGs
  • It's best to use formats that will outlast us.

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