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 c2.com, 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
FAQ – UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-32 & BOM – describe
UTF-8 Everywhere – describe
Plain text – 43FoldersWiki – describe
html2text – describe
Convert Microsoft Word to Plain Text – describe
Daring Fireball Markdown – describe
MultiMarkdown – describe
File System Infobase Manager – describe
rad89.com – FAST Command-line database – describe
Taking note – describe
Life inside one big text file 43 Folders – describe
My txt setup 43 Folders – describe
My Workflow Toolbox – describe
html2wiki – Convert HTML text to wiki markup – describe
Parse-O-Matic Free Edition – Information – describe
The Journey to Markdown On Day One – describe
The Markdown Mindset – The Hiltmon – describe
Word Processors Stupid and Inefficient – describe