Some Writing Notes

NoteTab Text Processing Clips
NoteTab HTML Clips
NoteTab Vacancies Clips
NoteTab Conversions Clips
NoteTab Software Clips
NoteTab Music Clips
The above clips are mine in use and relate to my Windows 7, Windows XP and earlier computers folder layouts. They need changing to suit other layouts.


Microsoft Word (Word processor)
Apache Open Office Writer (Word processor with added .PDF output)
Kingsoft Writer (Word processor with added .PDF output)
Angel Writer (Rich Text processor)
Poly Edit (Rich Text processor)
Crypt Edit (Rich Text processor - cut down of Poly Edit)
Jarte (Rich Text processor, categorised buttons)
Microsoft WordPad (Rich Text processor)
NoteTab Light (Feature-strong text processor)
Mdipad (Text processor)
Dolphin Text Editor Menu (Manipulates text on other writers)
Edxor (Feature rich text manipulator)
EvolvEd (Text processor)
EditPad (Text processor - good for printing)
Crimson Editor (Text processor)
Xint (Text processor)
WinVi or Hex Lines (open anything and edit, hexadecimal)
HexEdit (open anything and edit, hexadecimal)
MoonEdit (Live shared editing across Internet)
WriteMonkey (Text processor blank screen imitating typewriter)
YWriter5 (Novel-writing software into chapters and features with chapters and combined Rich Text output)


.DOC, .DOCX, .ODT, .WPD, .LWP are fully formatted text extensions where the word processing program has to read complex text interpreting code.
.RTF is semi formatted text extension where the program has to read moderately complex text interpreting code.
.TXT is virtually unformatted text extension where the program has to read almost no text interpreting code. Many extensions in fact turn out to be text files.
.HTML is a text file where the code is interpreted by a browser. There may be Javascript elements in it written internally or linking to external files. Many browsers simply will not recognise dynamic HTML. .CSS files externally (or written internally) govern the layout.
.XML is a text file where the code is interpreted by a program according to preset code similar to HTML (in fact HTML has become a subset of XML). XML provides overlays on .PDF files (positioning text and objects) and provides transferable formats, e.g. for music composition.

About Writing

Writing should be clear. Either use block (space in between) paragraphs or indent a line by a tab with each paragraph and have no space in between them.

Remember that white space aids reading. Bullet points stop lists looking like uneven cluttered lines.
Shorter sentences aid reading, as does the use of less complex words.
Double spacing is useful for comments on paper, such as with academic essays. There may be a need for wide margins. The left margin may be bigger than the right to allow for ring or spiral inserts in folders.
Don't use more than three fonts or more than three font sizes. Text colour schemes should be unfussy (perhaps never more than three colours) and a colour should be attached to a broad meaning or area of concern. In presentations, varying colour on alternative lines may help some to read. Backgrounds are for clarity. Images should illustrate and enhance. Some students need everything on facing pages.
My view is that text editing comes before word processing, and this is the usefulness of a program like NoteTab with text processing clips. Text Processing is about text choices, text order, layout, paragraph order, and facilitates from raw ideas to best narrative. Rich Text and especially Word Processing is for formatting and to beautify.

Simplicity and Technical Content

Although one uses the jargon of an academic discipline accurately, it is important to write as simply as possible that the academic level allows consistent with literary and abstract thinking standards.
A high Rudolf Flesch score means a text is easy to read whilst a low or negative score means a text is difficult to read.
This method uses this formula: 206,835 - (1,015 x average words per sentence) - (84.6 x average syllables per words)

90+ The Sun
61-90 Schoolkids
51-60 Secondary school
31-50 Undergraduate
0-30 Graduate

Word attachments and viruses

MS Word files contain macros and these are program-language based. Although viruses are usually detectable, this cannot be guaranteed. Never open Word attachments from unknown sources. Never accept .exe files either from unknown sources.


Adrian Worsfold