Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Submitting articles while preserving formatting

Virtually all websites accept now articles and most will actively court collaborators. While some have built-in mechanisms for article submission, many accept them by email only. Here we look at two ways to ensure that your article formatting is preserved without complicating the editor's life.

GoogleDocsArticleWritingSqOur favourite remains WLW, however, since there is little chance of it being released open source, chances are this will continue to be a Windows-desktop-only solution.

A more “universal” approach is Google Docs (now called Google Drive). You can use it with your Gmail account and it looks and feels very much like a text editor, such as Microsoft Word. When done, you can easily share your document (there’s a button in the top right corner) and see changes and comments as they appear, or you can download it as a “zipped Web Page” which can easily be emailed.

Finally, most new browsers allow a “notepad-like” window by entering the following code in the address bar.

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

That document can be formatted with a number of key combinations (bold is Ctrl+B, italics is Ctrl+I, underline is Ctrl+U, etc) and the document can then be saved from the browser file menu or pressing Ctrl+S.

Write inspired!

Sources / More info: Google Drive

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