Poetica in action

Text editing remains one of the most important but least improved features in modern software.

Users’ expectations of software for writing on the web are still defined by Microsoft Word, a 30-year-old juggernaut that was designed in an era when the ‘paperless office’ was still a fantasy.

From a technical perspective, things aren’t much better. Current solutions for writing on the web remain dominated by contentEditable: the HTML attribute that lets users edit the content of an element. contentEditable forms the basis of most web-based text editors.

Fundamentally, though, contentEditable isn’t fit for purpose. It was designed to turn browsers…


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