A world of difference between writing and word processing 27 Jul 2006
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One of the criticisms we get from time to time about Writeboard is that it doesn’t have WYSIWYG formatting or fancy layout tools. That’s because it’s a writing tool, not a word processor. There’s a world of difference.
Writing is getting the words right. Word processing is… processing. It’s taking what you’ve written and doing stuff with it. Either bolding this or italicizing that or centering the headline or inserting a table or tweaking the margins or changing the font and sizes or adding color or… That’s word processing or page layout.
Just hiding the icon-crazy toolbar won’t do it either — the temptation to bring it back is too strong. The keyboard and the return key is all you need. That’s writing. Once you’ve got the words right you can take that text and process it in a word processor or page layout program later.
Writing tools like Writeboard and the pleasantly austere WriteRoom (for Mac OS X) take their cues from blank pieces of paper or typewriters. When you sit down to one of those you’re ready to write. Writing is all you can do. And when you’re about to write that’s all you should be ready to do: write. Leave the rest for another day. There are words to get right.