The links below include many of the links used in posts on the main page of this blog and other links related to using plain text to store and retrieve information. Here is a link to the Google Search I use to find the links related to plain text.

The links are placed into categories. Within a category, they are arranged from general to specific.

Table of Contents


A Plain Text Primer – There’s a reason this the first link. Michael Schechter does a good job of simply telling you what plain text is and why he uses it. It’s a little light on some of the technical details that interfer with portability of plain text, but you can get these with other links below.

Plain text – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Let’s start with a definition of plain text. What it comes down to is that plain text is human readable characters composed of the English language ABCs, numbers, and common punctuation.

Text file – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – The above link defines plain text in terms of the characters. The characters are contained in a text file, defined here.

Power Of Plain Text – A somewhat disorganized wiki page that discusses the advantages of plain text. BTW, not just any wiki pages, but, the first ever wiki.

Minor Bumps in Portability

No Such Thing as Plain Text – describe

Coding Horror The Great Newline Schism – describe

The Plain Text Problem – describe


Absolute Minimum – describe

A tutorial on character code issues – describe

Mike Pickering’s Website – Character Encoding – describe

FAQ – UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-32 & BOM – describe

Specifying Character Encoding – The Web Standards Project – describe

UTF-8 Everywhere – describe

Why Use?

5 reasons you should use plain text to save your data – describe

Forget fancy formatting Why plain text is best Macworld – describe

Plain text – 43FoldersWiki – describe

Why Geeks Love Plain Text (And Why You Should Too) – describe – Lifehack – describe


html2text – describe

Convert Microsoft Word to Plain Text – describe

Daring Fireball Markdown – describe

markdown The Syntax You (Probably) – describe Already Know – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education – describe

How I use ResophNotes – structure, keywords, naming – describe

How to Solve Dropbox Problems Syncing – LockerGnome – describe

How To Set Up A File-Syncing Dropbox Clone You Control Lifehacker Australia – describe

MultiMarkdown – describe

Pandoc vs Multimarkdown · jgm-pandoc Wiki · GitHub – describe

Simplenote. An easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas, and more – describe


Fetchnotes Makes Taking and Organizing Notes Simple and Easy – describe

File System Infobase Manager – describe

Getting Things Done with Semantic Notes — Abolish Me – describe

How I organize everything with plain-text notes Macworld – describe – FAST Command-line database – describe

Taking note – describe

The Holy Grail of Ubiquitous Plain-Text Capture – describe


Haystack Blog » Why All Your Data Should Live in One Application – describe

Life inside one big text file 43 Folders – describe

Living in text files – O’Reilly Mac DevCenter Blog – describe

My Big-Arse Text File – A Poor Man’s Wiki+Blog+PIM Matthew Cornell – Personal Productivity Specialist – describe

My txt setup 43 Folders – describe

My Workflow Toolbox – describe


Best language to do text parsing in – Stack Overflow – describe

how to write program parse text – Google Search – describe

html2wiki – Convert HTML text to wiki markup – describe

Parse-O-Matic Free Edition – Information – describe

Parsing data from the Web in Python TechRepublic – describe


Plain Text For Authors & Writers Richard Dooling – describe

Plain Text for Writers, Part I An Argument for the Use of Plain Text « Matthew Lowes – describe

Plain Text Techniques Techniques for WCAG 2.0 – describe

ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education – describe

The Journey to Markdown On Day One – describe

The Markdown Mindset – The Hiltmon – describe

Why (and How) – describe I Wrote My Academic Book in Plain Text W. Caleb McDaniel – describe

Word Processors Stupid and Inefficient – describe

Writing Power Tools Text Editors – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education – describe