Steven Poole on leaving Microsoft Word:

Microsoft Word still uses the metaphor of the page, the computer screen that imitates a blank, bounded sheet of physical paper. For me, this is outdated and unimaginative. It has become a barrier rather than a window.

His entire article is a fantastic read and really shows “the light” that was triggered for me when I stopped using “page layout” programs to write in.1


  1. I define ‘page layout’ programs as anything that wants you to save the formatting of your text in a way that said formatting would be lost if the ‘document’ was to be opened in a plain text editor. More importantly anything that shows “page breaks”.