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Tim Bray: So, I understand why we still need spreadsheets and presentation packages, but assuming you had a Web editor with a good change tracker, why would anyone want a word processor any more?

Check out wikiCalc and s5.  Once these (or similar technologies) reach the 80/20 point, watch out.

Update: perhaps change tracking is not such a good idea after all. ;-)

Oh, I dunno... maybe because a good web editor with a good change tracker is a word processor? I mean, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, maybe it is a duck.

Certainly wouldn’t be the first (or second, or third) time that people have re-invented the word processor.

Posted by Dan at

Because you might be disconnected and not everyone is typing up a simple memo or letter.

Posted by Christian Romney at

Because you might be disconnected

Tim’s template, S5, and wikiCalc all work just fine on a disconnected laptop.

Posted by Sam Ruby at

And if you hack s5 into instiki, you’ve got what you’re looking for, right?  I did it, and it was practically painless.  It’s great to be able to write in Textile and then click a link to turn it into a pretty presentation.

Posted by Kevin Lawver at

Kevin, I’ve been taking a similar approach with a slightly different set of tools.

keynote.rb + s5.erb = keynote.html

Posted by Sam Ruby at

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