can you see the present?

Alan Hogan contact at
Wed Jul 27 17:44:35 EDT 2011

Very cool, Bowerbird!

On Jul 27, 2011, at 2:12 PM, Bowerbird at wrote:

> here's a little present for y'all...


> >


> that's a screenshot of my latest project...


> i've slapped a little text-editor in front of

> my e-book conversion routines, so that

> the feedback loop becomes much tighter,

> goosing the learning process considerably.

> no more mystery about whether it's right;

> if it looks correct in the preview, go with it.

> this instant positive feedback is a great aid

> for the process of teaching light-markup...


> the app's thrust is e-book output formats,

> but it will also contain features that should

> be very useful for authors finalizing a book,

> such as the "locate words..." listbox shown,

> which performs a search for multiple words,

> displaying all at once, each with its context;

> one usage might be to locate "its" and "it's",

> to confirm that all such instances are right.


> another example is a routine that checks to

> see if the quote-marks are properly nested.

> (i'm amazed how often people do 'em wrong;

> plus ms-word's "smarten" routine is stupid.)


> yet another could verify that links are good.


> in a nutshell, i'm coding tests for the errors

> that i typically find when i'm editing a book,

> so self-publishers turn out a better product.


> i'll release the editor soon, maybe later today.


> >

> >

> >


> new iterations will come fast and furious, but

> i don't expect y'all here to care for much more

> than the screenshot which you've already got...


> -bowerbird

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