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Today I will rant about a new online HTML editor named Texty. Yesterday I read a review about Texty on Techcrunch titled, "Dead Simple Content Creation and Editing". The TechCrunch review missed a few key points so here is my take on Texty.
What do we need Texty for?
Texty rides the WYSIWYG-wave (What You See Is What You Get) which started back in 1997/98 when WYSIWYG was what HTML editors were all about. I still remember the more well-known titles including Frontpage, Dreamweaver, and Hotmetal Pro (!!!). In short, a WYSIWYG HTML editor allows you to create HTML pages without the hassle of learning what the tags are for and this concept is still very prominent today.
Here is the idea behind Texty. Texty suggests that it provides you with a method to create formated text for a website (for free) so you will never have to learn HTML and never have to touch FTP ever (again).
To start off, let's give them credit – creating text is very easy. The system will also create an account on Texty for you (semi-automatic) where all your documents are saved and are easily retrieved. This part couldn't be any easier.
What's the catch?
Then again, if you have your own blog software, using Texty becomes pointless.
Last but not least, a question raised in multiple places – what happens when Texty is gone tomorrow? Or maybe not gone, but down for updates and so on. All your pages will cease to exist, be it temporarily or forever.
Too many questions – no answers. Apparently the folks at Texty did not have time (yet) to finish their "contact us" page – but still had plenty of time to get down with Techcrunch for a review.
More facts about Texty:
- Almost any blogging software provides you with the same features (for free)
- Texty uses the open source editor Tiny MCE (also part of WordPress, for example) – anyone can do it
This article was provided by Till Klampäckel who has been online for over ten years. He contributes to open source software, is addicted to geo-tagging and enjoys blogging and coffee (always and at any time of the day).