How “Wintel thinking” reduces productivity
For many jobs there’s a PC way and a Unix way. For example, I write these blogs using vi under either CDE (Solaris 10) or Gnome (Solaris 9) and just embed references and format information as I go along. The result is extremely portable because the text is independent of the format, the embedded DTD (HTML) can be changed at the drop of a sed file, and there just aren’t many systems out there that can’t handle the file in one of its many equivalent forms.
Until recently, for example, posting one of these to Zdnet was a one minute cut and paste operation - but not anymore. Zdnet recently upgraded to a Wordpress release that requires a Windows style work process - no more bulk HTML input. Now, there’s a “visual editor,” in which a carriage return over-rides
because the assumption is that you type your stuff using the mouse to highlight text and select “code” when entering HTML -i.e. you’re expected to hard wire each change, link, or formatting decision in-line as you go along.