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I Thought Apple Software Just Worked?

Mark Mzyk | April 28, 2008

Can someone explain to me why TextEdit doesn’t automatically disregard rich text formating in HTML files?

I wanted to make a few simple changes to some HTML files so I grabbed the closest and simplest tool at hand on OS X, TextEdit.  After a few minutes editing, I lost about half an hour wondering why Firefox rendered everything as text, including all the HTML tags.  I thought maybe I had lost my mind, until I discovered that TextEdit had inserted rich text formating and that I had to explicitly tell it not to with a config option.

I think it follows that if I’m editing an HTML file, at some point I’m going to open it in a browser, so don’t put in the rich text formatting.

Apple, you should fix this.  It isn’t like you to overlook the small details.

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  1. Comment by John:

    This is why I installed TextWrangler.

    I found the default text editor to be less capable (or maybe just more annoying) than MS Notepad.

    April 28, 2008 @ 23:21
  2. Comment by Todd:

    Use Vim. :)

    April 29, 2008 @ 07:47
  3. Comment by Mark:


    The thought did cross my mind and is likely what I will do next time.

    April 29, 2008 @ 10:15