Friday, June 1, 2007

Blog Editors

I'm trying to figure out if it's just me, or whether, in fact, the Blogger editor sucks as badly as I think it does. Every time I try a fairly simple use case -- inserting a picture, say -- it totally screws up the look and feel of my post, and I have to spend 10-15 minutes working through the HTML to clean itup. Behind the scenes it tries to do all sorts of bizarre things like inserting tables and what-not that apparently confuse the editor very badly.

I've tried several alternatives -- the "blog" feature in Word, Google Docs, etc. -- and each of them have troubles. I'm writing this particular post in Google Docs, and if a core of software development is the "principle of least surprise", I have to say, it fails miserably. The simple use case of inserting a link to another site does some very strange and bizarre things to the document that I don't understand in the slightest. Perhaps it's the result of using IE7 on Vista, but I would have assumed that's a fairly standard configuration.

I'd be very curious to hear what other folks have managed to use successfully.

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