On topic, when it's just for me I generally prefer to work in Markdown, with some LaTeX mixed in when necessary.My browser post composing, when not done in the browser itself, I do in Zim.
And you don't use Latex editors?
Quote from: ersi on 2015-08-09, 09:18:03And you don't use Latex editors?For the moment my preferred text editor is Geany, with SciTE for those circumstances where for some reason or other it's a bit slow. Specialized editors are rarely any more responsive.
Gummi did look quite nice when I tried it a few years ago, but like I said I don't much care to compose directly in LaTeX if I can avoid it. Markdown is much more legible, easier to write, and even with some fairly significant \latexblabla control codes still transforms nicely into e.g. HTML and DOCX.
For me, the editor must be legible, first and foremost.
So I prefer things like Mousepad or Medit that come with Cobalt and Oblivion themes inbuilt. It's a bit stupid that themes matter to me this way, but it's my stupidity and nobody can take it away from me.
The markdown format seems awkwardly limiting to me. It's both too easy and too complicated at the same time. It's easy to understand the basic idea, e.g. you can emphasise words and create lists with asterisks, but when you *really* intend to type an asterisk, it's the end of the world.
I'd just as lief type my initial draft with the screen off. But sure, legibility is important. I've never had any issues.
But one thing that becomes quite important in longer documents is having an overview of the structure (F5 in LibreOffice). To my knowledge Mousepad doesn't have that.
But *emphasis* is just a poor man's italic, just as underlining is a typewriter's (also poor man's) italic.
It's true that Markdown is somewhat limited, but the only true problem is an ongoing lack of a built-in means of referring to images and tables. (NB That depends on the MD implementation; at least one does have it and there's an extension for Pandoc that does the trick as well.)
You mean like headings, paragraphs, pages, tables, etc. neatly listed? Plain text documents are not even supposed to need this in the first place, because there's no formatting and no embedding by the very definition.
The worst thing with Markdown is lack of standard or lack of definition.
In Github you learn one thing, in other places you have to accommodate to variations, whereas I would really prefer to have the plain good old plain text available. I shouldn't need to escape plain text!
PyRoom is a free editor that stays out your way - and keeps other things out of your way, too. As a fullscreen editor without buttons, widgets, formatting options, menus and with only the minimum of required dialog windows, it doesn't have any distractions and lets you focus on writing and only writing. It is distributed under the GNU General Public Licence v3.
Using PyRoom right now."Distraction free" text editor, I like the concept.
Does it have any specific advantages over vi? (Even though I use nano instead.)
Quote from: ersi on 2016-03-15, 10:17:46Does it have any specific advantages over vi? (Even though I use nano instead.)Sorry, I don't know vi.
I'm currently using Pluma (which comes with Ubuntu Mate) and I'm satisfied with it to write in English. Can't see how I can add other languages to the spell check plugin, I suppose I can't but to the six "versions" of English... which it's funny from a distro that comes with the name Mate - a Brasilian plant known for it's tea.
Basically, I meant by my question how PyRoom compares with terminal-based editors, because if you want minimalism, you'd go to the terminal.
a distro that comes with the name Mate - a Brasilian plant known for it's tea.
The question to me remains at using a full text editor like libre office's Writer when I need to use advanced and powerful editing tools or something lighter that makes me feel comfortable to focus on the creative writing process itself.
It's romantic to imagine opening up a plain text editor and just writing a whole story stream of consciousness, but that notion is far from reality. If a writer says he does that, I can think of three possibilities: 1) He's lying 2) His IQ is higher than that of Steven Hawking 3) His stories are riddled with every imaginable, and then some, errors.
Abbie pursed her lips. "Nobody told me anything like that before. I'm trying not to fuck this up. I mean mess it up..."I pressed my finger to her lips. "You don't have to change your vocabulary or anything else about yourself for me.""I do. I'm evil." She scratched at her left arm.I took Abbie's self-harming hand and held it gently with a measure of firmness. "Stop it. Why would say that about yourself?"
"Nobody told me anything like that before. I'm trying not to fuck this up. I mean mess it up..." "You don't have to change your vocabulary or anything else about yourself for me.""I do. I'm evil.""Stop it. Why would say that about yourself?"
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