Quick Hit: Invisible Formatting (XKCD)

Steven NgDaily Debug BlogLeave a Comment

My favorite web comic, XKCD did a post that sums up one my biggest pains with online rich text editors:

To avoid errors like this, we render all text and pipe it through OCR before processing, fixing a handful of irregular bugs by burying them beneath a smooth, uniform layer of bugs.

In fact, stuff like this still happens with the very editor I’m using to write this post. To be fair to online rich text editors, I still occasionally get these issues with Microsoft Word, so now you have some insight into why I prefer pure text based markup styles like Markdown¬†over WYSIWYG editors.

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