‘Elegy for the Text Box’

Paul Ford gets to the bottom of why I don’t like CMSs that have no difference between editing and published:

Not only do web pages need to look good for readers, but since any bit of code is now a potential document, they need to work for writers and editors too. I was recently using a website built along these lines—a blogging platform where there’s no difference between the composing view and the published view—and while it was a beautiful experience, I missed the ability to switch from the homely text box to the official “published” view. The beauty was confusing; every paragraph felt permanent as I wrote it.

I think that sense of permanency is what really bugs me.

This is a great post so be sure to read it — especially if you work in design or development.

Originally posted for members on: May 14, 2013
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