Several years ago Bill Gates said that we soon would have web-based software and not bother having any on out desktops and notebook computers. His forecast was a little premature; people seem to like having software on their computers and are a little frightened by the idea of all their work in cyberspace; they can work offline with computer-bound software. Still many people have gone to totally web-based email; the precedent is set.
Yesterday I learned about Writely - The Web Word Processor while reading the blog The Distant Librarian. It is so new that the instruction page is not complete; there are several gaps were the editors have not yet decided what to say. What they do say is that their web-based word processor is free for anyone to use in its beta phase; later there will be a variety of free and fee versions. They suggest the product will be useful for people who like to colaborate with others; start a document and tell your friends by adding their email addresses to the permissions for document access; they can then add to the document online. The editors also suggest Writely will be handy for people who travel; if they can get to the Web, they can get to their documents.
I am composing this document on Writely. I am assured that I can post it directly to Blogger when I am ready; Blogger is the only weblog that is so supported at present, but the editors are taking requests. I have given Aaron access to the document, so he can collaborate.
And here I am! This is pretty neat, I'll have to play around with it some more. I would like to install something like this on our server. Seems like a secure way to have a wiki. -as
It occurred to me in the shower that I can write a review at home and access it at work, where I might check facts in reference books - I still use them - and then send the text to my blog. Of course, I could just compose in my blog, but it does not have all the nice features of a word processor.