In this day and age, we have all experienced the process of creating content online. Posting small amounts of text to Twitter and Facebook is one thing, but when you are in marketing, it’s a whole other ballgame. We manage a lot of different content, in a lot of different places. Whether it’s in our web content management system, email platform, Google Docs, or even Word, we must adapt to many different types of rich text editors (RTEs). And sometimes that makes me want to pull my hair out.
There is one program I use every day (that shall remain nameless) that requires me to delete mysterious extra paragraphs that appear out of nowhere on every single piece of content I paste into it. It’s amazing how little things like that can add up to significant frustration and time.
Here are some of the things you may find me saying to a few of the RTEs in my life:
- What is that garbage that you pasted from my Word doc?
- Who told you to put that image there?
- That is not where I asked you to put a paragraph!
- Why are my bullets missing?
- How could you let me spell it like that?
- Damn you; you lost all of my work!
In a perfect world, everything would have excellent rich text editors (like EditLive!) built into it. Then I would get to say things like this:
- You handled that text I pasted from Word like a champ.
- You wrapped your text around my images perfectly.
- Thanks for making me that paragraph.
- You make the best bullets.
- You’re right; I did spell it wrong. Thanks for checking.
- Bless you. You auto-saved my content.
A good rich text editor is not that hard to find, but it sure makes a huge difference in my happiness.