In my early days online, I could spend hours on HTML. It was like an obsession … everything had to be just so. It still has to be just so, but usually somebody else has fixed that for me.
Over the years, the Internet and everything that comes with it, has evolved, as we all know. Things are much easier to accomplish, and I’ve begun to take that for granted. After all, I’m a user, not a programmer.
I’m saying all this because I’m testing an offline blog editor — Mars Edit — again! I’ve tried it before, perhaps six months ago or so, but decided it wasn’t for me. It’s [supposedly] the Rolls Royce of blog editors, and that fact had me thinking; «Perhaps I didn’t give it enough time?! So many people seem to love it, so what’s wrong with me then?»
So I went ahead and downloaded a new trial. That was yesterday, and I’m typing in it now. I still find it has a certain learning curve. From what I understand [and I’m not sure I’ve understood this at all], you have to make a choice whether to write in ‘Rich Text’ or HTML. If you choose HTML, you have all the code in front of your nose as you go along, typing up your blog. Perhaps some people like that, or I’m missing something completely.
If you choose ‘Rich Text’ it all looks fine. However … you might like to insert an image. Everyone wants a little bit of white space around it. It’s called padding.
I put in this picture here now and it doesn’t have the padding. It looks stupid without the white space.
Since I’ve chosen the ‘Rich Text’ option, I’m not really sure how to correct this. I thought there would be an easy way, and I shouldn’t have to do that all the time, if I’m going to continue using this editor.
Now I’ve switched to HTML, which means I’ll have to type in tags for new paragraph et cetera. However, now it’s really easy to add padding to my image. At first, I thought it would adapt to my WordPress theme of choice, once I’d posted it, but it doesn’t. I honestly think I’m missing out on some feature here, otherwise it wouldn’t be so wildly popular. We’re all wired differently, and I’m not going to start writing blogs in HTML, but I’ll give it a little more time and read more in its forum, where they talk about highly technical issues.
This feels a bit like going back in time and even pay for it, to boot! Again, I’m probably missing something, but how smart do you need to be in order to use a blog editor?!
A little bit of HTML. A very basic example.