Collaboration Markup

July 6, 2006

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I work in plain text a lot, from using Markdown or more specifically PHP Markdown on this WordPress setup and elsewhere, as well as doing HTML markup and programming PHP. It is therefore not surprising that this article on Collaboration Made Simple with Bracket Notation caught my eye (linked via Lifehacker).

It’s a simple but clever idea that eschews a specific software solution for collaborative content editing in favour of notations in plain text. I don’t want to steal anyone away from reading the article but I did want to note a simple way of remembering their idea…

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…so if we take the text…

The Bat in the Hat

…and apply some collaborative revision markup…

The [Bat][Cat][less sinister?!] in the Hat

…it would be revised to…

The Cat in the Hat

It’s a useful trick to to remember e.g., for passing edits around in text format via IM or Email. Whether I use it or not is another thing but I certainly like the inventive use of simple tools.